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    Frozen Kodachrome 200 (exp 96) too old to shoot?

    Do you think Kodachrome 200 expired in 96 would have so much fogging that nothing would come out even though it has been frozen since being purchased?

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    Not sure about how kodachrome ages, but Ektachrome that old shoots great from the examples I've seen on another forum.

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    The base density will appear greenish-grey instead of black; the colors should not be affected.

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    Dmax will be low, and you shouldn't look for the most accurate colors, but it should be good enough for most work.

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    I had some continuously frozen Kodachrome 200 that expired in 2006 that I shot in 2008...it was quite magenta.

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    Thanks for your opinions, I figured that the color wouldn't be right anyway especially when the emulsion is more than a decade old. I am interested to see how they look after I get them processed. I will post them here when I get them.

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    I have Kodachrome 200 rolls bought at Calumet from the last production, when discontinuance was announced. They kept it cold, I immediately froze it. I've shot one roll, it's tipping magenta. Not awfully magenta, but sure enough to notice. So 15 years old -- likely to be very magenta. The only Kodachrome 200 I was ever happy with the color balance of was the "Professional" version, bought fresh, used fresh. It was wonderful.

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    While we're on the subject, anyone know what to possibly expect from frozen Kodachrome 25, expired 1980?

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    IME, old Kodachrome of any type gets very magenta. I imagine that the faster the film speed is, the faster it degrades, but this is just a generalized rule of thumb that might not apply in this particular case. Very interesting to hear the report above of two-year-out-of-date, but frozen, K-200 having gone magenta already, and also the other report of the last available batch having already gone magenta. It was only discontinued a few years ago, to my recollection. Alas...it was my favorite Kodachrome by far; the only one I had much use for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E76 View Post
    While we're on the subject, anyone know what to possibly expect from frozen Kodachrome 25, expired 1980?
    I have used continuously-frozen K25 from 1981, and the highlights are just starting to turn magenta. Anything less than 24/7/30 years deep freeze will definitely be magenta.

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