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    Old 35mm films: Are they still usable?

    I recently bought 5 rolls of old film:

    • 1 Kodacolor II (exp. 1976)
    • 3 Kodacolor VR-G 100 (1989-1991)
    • 1 Kodacolor Gold 200 (1992)


    Are they still usable now? All are process C-41, so they can be developed anywhere.

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    Yes, BUT!
    There may be a little or a lot of color shift. Only one way to know for sure though
    If they were stored in a hot place, a lot.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Ricardo ,

    I hope they work but I dont advise you to shoot valuable photographs with them. Just load a camera and have fun. If they developable , you will have strange colors and it is sometimes opens your eyes to new possibilities. I think you will have dark pictures also. Spend your day with them and dont expect too much.

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    No, nothing valuable here, maybe just some family photos. Thanks.

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    Funny, family photos are the most valuable for many ;-)

    But yes, those films will still be usable if they were stored properly. May have loss of speed and color shifts but should yield images. They're C-41 at least. Make sure you use a stabilizer, not a new 'final rinse'.
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    Please buy new film if you use film. If we don't buy new film manufacturers won't make film.

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    If it hasn't been exposed save it to test used cameras, otherwise throw it out.

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    If I wanted to test a camera I certainly would not want old film in it.Ron G

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron G
    If I wanted to test a camera I certainly would not want old film in it.Ron G
    Kind of depends on what you\'re trying to test. If you want to see if you\'ve got the light seals correct why would you care?
    Last edited by michaelbsc; 05-27-2011 at 07:18 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron G View Post
    If I wanted to test a camera I certainly would not want old film in it.Ron G
    To test the wind/rewind mechanism with the back open you would use fresh film?

    This is the second thing I test after checking shutter speeds with my shutter speed tester. No sense in putting in fresh film to find out theres a problem and have to open the back.


    Kind of depends on what you\'re trying to test. If you want to see if you\'ve got the light seals correct why would you care?
    yeah that too
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