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    Old Velvia and other films

    Hello,

    when I bought a medium format camera (Kiev 60), I got some old Velvia, Provia 400F and Tmax 400. They are from 2004, and I don't know how they were stored.

    I would like to try some of it tomorrow at a family reunion. Should I give it more exposure? Develop longer, shorter? Thanks for any advice!

    /Erik

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    Four year old film slow may have color shifted a tiny bit, but not really accumulated much contrast destroying cosmic radiation, I would not worry. The higher speed stuff might have a touch of contrast loss from cosmic radiation, but I would not do anything about compensating when only five years out of date. JMHO.

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    For people you'd better stay away from velvia, provia would be somewhat better. Generally I'd use astia for such things, if I had to use slide film for faces.

    But the films are probably fine as long as they weren't stored in an especially warm place- just expose normally and see what you get!
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    To hijack your thread... I have a roll of Velvia 50 that I got from a friend and it expired in 2001. It's been a fridge or freezer the whole time. Do I expect any change in speed or just some colour shifts? Just wondering whether it's worth shooting or binning as the E6 dev costs are pretty high ($13) here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    To hijack your thread... I have a roll of Velvia 50 that I got from a friend and it expired in 2001. It's been a fridge or freezer the whole time. Do I expect any change in speed or just some colour shifts? Just wondering whether it's worth shooting or binning as the E6 dev costs are pretty high ($13) here.
    That's not old! Go for it. As long as it's stored like you say it was, it'll be usable. I shot some epp from 1990 recently, all good.
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    Yeah, don't shoot people with Velvia. Not pretty.
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    ha I got some velvia 50 4x5 that expired in 99. I am hoping the contrast has been killed.

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    I would try the T-Max and shoot it at EI 260?
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    260 sounds very specific. I would guess that older film would loose some contrast. But 260 seems like you are suggesting pulling to me. Or did I get it wrong?

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    I just shot a few rolls of expired RVP (2001 expired) freezer stored.

    i noticed that when slightly overexposed there was a strong magenta shift. In fact quite pleasant when combined with a sunrise and the Sydney Opera House. Will upload to flickr soon

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