DEVELOPING OLD EXPOSED FILM

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    Hi all. I'm just new here. Nice to meet you all.

    I have a few rolls of 35mm colour film which has been shot but never developed (took loads of films about 5 years ago with a new camera and just stored the films away in a cool dry place...and forgot!).

    A few questions then
    1) Will the films be worth developing or will they be totally useless?
    2) If they are ok, are there any special techniques to revive them as best as possible?..I'm thinking temperatures/development times etc.

    I have a developing tank but have only ever developed B&W before so any specific pointers would be useful.

    Many thanks!

    p.s apologies for the block capitals in the title..I forgot!
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    You just never know...sometimes they'll come out fine, sometimes bad, and every so often you might get some really cool "effects" from them.
    I'd get them developed, just for the heck of it..Forest Gump say's: "old film is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get"

    J.:confused:
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    I will then...is there really no special way of treating them like temperature/time or is it, as you say, totally random?

    thanks!
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    I don't know if there is any work around, as the "old" film might act differently from one section to another section of the film roll. Someone here might have a suggestion. I think If I was developing the film, I'd just stick with the process formula that you're using. I guess you might contact the suppliers of your chemicals, and ask them if they have any opinions/ideas or special knowledge concerning this.

    J.:mrgreen:
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    I heard that before the Kodak processing center shutdowns, some were developing Kodachrome from way back. Obviously, the process is different, but this could be an indication.

    I don't know how the film turns out though :)
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    The best result would probably be obtained developing them B&W. There are companies who specialize in this type of work and that's what you get. Black and white. If the images are important to you maybe these guys would be worth a look. 'Taint cheap or fast so you've been warned. I've never done this so I'm just passing on what I've seen. Post up the results if you do it please.
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    thats the fun part. to see what the images look like.
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    I just sent out a roll (Efke KB 50) that has been fully exposed for at least 2 years.
    It's been in the fridge the whole time though (I doubt it's even expired anyway).

    Since it's been in the fridge the whole time, I'm not really expecting any weird results. Hell, I can't even remember what's on it (pretty sure there's some star trails though), so I guess I can't really complain with whatever I get.

    I would go ahead and have it developed. Since you stored it in a cool dry place, I would think it will be fine. I hope so anyway - for both of us, lol.
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    Cool site - definitely will be getting bookmarked.

    From the FAQ there:

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