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    Faded Latent Images

    I just did a batch of E6.
    One roll was Provia that I shot last Sep/2007.
    I kept it in my basement area, but not frozen or in the fridge.
    Whack!!!
    95% dark!
    The letters and #'s on the edges correctly developed.
    All other rolls came out fine.
    Lesson learned...don't let exposed E6 films sit on the shelf for 7 months!
    Anyone ever have this happen?
    DT

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    Dave;

    The edge numbers are also latent images put there when the film was packaged a year or more before you developed it. So...... I leave it to you to work out the rest.

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    Thanks PE.
    The probable cause must then be camera related during exposure.
    Bummer.
    All else from that trip turned out ok.
    Wouldn't you know it?
    Guess I'll never see what I captured...

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    I had the same problem with my Nikon EL a while back. The meter failed but gave indications that were 'almost' believable. Turned out the same way yours did. Faint image, good edge marks. I had some beautiful (to me anyhow) shots of a herd of deer.

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    Hey, I know.
    Why don't we invent a type of image capture that doesn't depend on "post processing."
    You know, something like immediate preview or peel and view...

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    Dave;

    I would rather not speculate, as I get enough criticism just for what I'm doing now.



    PE

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    I've processed exposed E6 much older than that. Sounds like something straightforward like setting the ASA dial on the wrong speed.
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    Oh, good point David. I had a strange problem with my RZ. Everything was dark, but everything was working. I changed lenses and did all the tests, but nothing made sense. I finally found that the gold contacts on the body that connect to the backs had somehow gotten dirty. A good cleanup and the camera was back in business.

    Until I cleaned the contacts though, everything came out dark.

    In the words of Mr. Scott "The more complex the plumbing, the easier it is to clog up the drain". I used that once at EK to explain why we were having problems with one of the new scale up units. I got a lot of mixed reactions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I've processed exposed E6 much older than that. Sounds like something straightforward like setting the ASA dial on the wrong speed.
    How much older?
    And what did they look like?

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    I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I've occasionally processed slide film that was more than two years old, and it looked as if I'd shot it the day before. I think modern films hold up pretty well. This would have been Provia 100F, 400F, and RMS.
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