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    What are the chances?

    I found an unexposed 135 roll of film in my clothes dryer tonight. It was in the plastic can. Does not have any water inside can, no apparent water spots on the exposed lead. In other words, it looks like it went through the wash cycle without getting water inside. The dryer is always set to low, so what are the chances the film is still ok?

    I've never washed and dried a roll before.

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    Film is cheap, reshooting pics that don't come out cause you were too cheap to buy another roll of film is a lot more trouble. I would toss it and just buy a new roll.
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    The canister is light tight, if light can't get in i doubt anything else would either. Don't hold me to that, just a wild guess. You never know.
    Check the lip of the film canister (the part where the lead comes out with the black foam) to see if it's bent open. If it's tight you should be OKAY.

    But I'm not sure.

    So shoot, but with that said don't put anything critical on it!

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    LyleB, principale problem here is that the film (emulsion) go to water spool and the run drying spool.
    Perhaps the layers were glued together. Now you can tear pieces of emulsion you unzip the film. Or the emulsion to become glossy in the place glue to the suport.
    If you have a chance to not have this kind of problems likely to go.
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    I would throw it into the trash bin.

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    Sounds like excellent practice film.
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    Very likely it's not good anymore. As it has been said film is relatively cheap. I would throw it away.
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    I would definitely try it out of curiosity.
    I wouldn't trust it for anything important but put in in a second body just to see what happens

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    Go ahead and shoot it. The worst that can happenis it is no good. The alternative is that it is still good, in which case you gained some negatives to print(always good).
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    Indeed.
    A perfect opportunity to find out what happens if you let a film go through a washing - drying cycle, safely sealed in its cannister. That alone is 'fun enough' to give it a try.
    Nothing learned, no fun activity to embark on, when you throw it away.

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