Expired film

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  1. leewald

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    Don't know if this has been discussed previously, but what is the general consensus of using film that has expired but has been stored in a freezer.
     
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    Well I may sound like the village idiot here but I have used consumer grade film (stored on a shelf at room temp :shock: ) that was almost a full year expired and had good results. Although I shoot mostly digital so my opinion may not have much weight behind it :scratch:
     
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    From previous threads, the general consesnsus is that using expired film stored in a freezer should give good results, but if you're doing work for clients, I wouldn't recommend it just on good principle.

    From personal experience, I've only shot one roll and it looked fine, I can let you know for sure soon though, I've got 13 rolls just waiting to be shot
     
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    Yes I posted before, I've had good results with frozen expired film. Like above I probably wouldn't use it for something critical, just in case. A few months ago I bought a lot of film from a pro that kept it frozen, and I've now shot quite a number of them and they have all come out perfectly. This included a variety of films, B&W and color slides from a few different manufacturers, and they were all expired between 1989 and 1994.

    I guess the main issue would be how confident you are that they have been frozen since new.

    Dave
     
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    I shot 8 medium format rolls of Hp5 that had been stored in a fridge, expired 1989, it worked pretty good.
     
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    A friend gave me a bunch of rolls of various iso speeds so I just want to use the expired film to check how the different iso speeds respond to certain situations before I go out and "accumulate" to much of a certain iso without first knowing how they respond to what I want to do. So I have no intention of using them for "client" purposes. Thanks for the info. Off topic question: how do I change or edit my user info?
     
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    Errr... it's hard to say, because they're expired the effect may not actually match what the actual film looks like.

    But if it's been in the freezer, it's ok.
     
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    Hello there, I'm new. You speak of freezing film...What does that do?
     
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    I just used some a few weeks ago that was 10 years out of date that I had in the freezer and it worked fine. If you have it in the fridge or freezer I would bet it would be fine to use. Yes there is a chance but I have never used outdated film myself that was bad.

    As far as the poster asking what does freezing do? Well film is a chemical base and at high temps it gradually starts degrading. Cold or freezing temps slows down or stops that degration. Just like having a steak out on the counter or freezing it, it will last only days outside of the freezer but it could last possibly years in a freezing temp.
     
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    Our small, local camera shop had several dozens of rolls of color print film (ASA/ISO 200) that were going outdated. So I purchased nearly the entire group and placed them in the freezer. Shared a number of rolls with my daughter and her husband, they also placed them in the freezer.

    I don't believe I'll have any problems within the next few years provided the rolls are allowed to thaw out - which they do rather quickly; shoot the thawed out rolls within a short period of time (a month or two) and have them processed as quickly as possible after the roll(s) is completed.

    Hope this is useful.

    Bill
     

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