Expired film: how old is too old?

tankom

TPF Noob!
Joined
Aug 22, 2013
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
Australia
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
I'm interested in purchasing some expired 35mm film to achieve some vintage effects in my photos.

I was wondering how old is too old when it comes to picking the film? Would something from say 2006 be too risky? I do want the film to turn out obviously and I'm worried about choosing film that is just too old. I understand that storage is a big factor when it comes to how the photos turn out.

Thanks in advance.
 

Derrel

Mr. Rain Cloud
Joined
Jul 23, 2009
Messages
48,229
Reaction score
18,906
Location
USA
Website
www.pbase.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
gsgary, our inestimable TPF colleague, frequently shoots film that expired BEFORE the Falklands war ended...

He will be along shortly...
 
OP
T

tankom

TPF Noob!
Joined
Aug 22, 2013
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
Australia
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Wow! Interesting.
 

limr

Moderator
Staff member
Supporting Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2013
Messages
19,554
Reaction score
10,839
Website
moderndinosaur.wordpress.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Depends on how 'vintage' you want to make them.

Here are two pictures that were taken with 20-year-old (at least) Tri-X:

$Day 132 - Dog.jpg

$Day 132 - Rooster.jpg

Tons of grain, but still workable images. Mind you, this roll was still in the camera and half exposed when I got it. The camera bag where it had been stored for 20+ years was falling apart, but I still got images from the film. If it had been in cold storage, it probably would have been sharper.

I think film from 2006 has plenty of mileage still in it.
 

vintagesnaps

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
8,722
Reaction score
2,794
Location
US
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
That doesn't seem like it would be too old to be usable. I got B&W film out of a camera that had probably been in there for a good 40 years based on how young my relatives were in the pictures! - and they turned out fine. Of course that film had been exposed years ago so that's different than exposing vintage film that many years after it was manufactured.

Those Leonore are cool, that grainy effect works with the subject I think. It seems like B&W can hold up for years but color seems to be more unstable, which works if you're going for a vintage or experimental look. Have fun and hope you get some interesting photos with it.
 
OP
T

tankom

TPF Noob!
Joined
Aug 22, 2013
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
Australia
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Ah, I see. I shall indulge now, thanks everyone.
 

terri

Administrator
Staff member
Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 2, 2003
Messages
30,870
Reaction score
4,633
Location
In the mental ward of this forum
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Ah, I see. I shall indulge now, thanks everyone.

Good luck with it - and be sure to post your results here so we can see what you got from it. :) The most out of date I've done personally has been about 8 years, and had no issues. Consider how the film has been stored, too, if you know - anything stored in a fridge will have a much longer life as opposed to, say, finding it in a hot attic. Whoever is selling it should offer up that info.
 

terri

Administrator
Staff member
Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 2, 2003
Messages
30,870
Reaction score
4,633
Location
In the mental ward of this forum
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
53435d1376074158t-expired-film-how-old-too-old-day-132-rooster.jpg




I love this image - LOVE.IT. This is what pulls me to film; I love the surreal, dream-like quality that heavy grain gives in shots like this. Without the grain, this image would lose some of its moody appeal. A little touch-up is needed here and there, mainly for the white spot on the door frame, but aside from that.... dee-lishous!



To the OP: I apologize for the thread hijack! :)
 

ABrosig

TPF Noob!
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
9
Reaction score
2
Location
Nacogdoches TX
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Working with some old black and white film as I'm setting my darkroom back up. Some of the stock I"m working with (tri-x, tmax, plus-x, orwo, ilford, you name it) is 25-30 years old. It was stored in a freezer for a lot of its life, but not all. So far, I'm getting very good results on the half-dozen or so rolls I've shot and processed, using either Kodak D-76 at 1:1 or, just tried Adinol (rodinal) at 1:50 dilution. Seem to be getting a little bit of fogging, probably because of age (but it could be, as I found out and fixed today, the gigantic freaking light leek under the door of my darkroom!). Anyway, I wouldn't be at all worried about film from 2006. Just bought a brick of Tri-X 135 from a friend from about the same vintage, still in individual boxes AND original factory plastic, for $1 per roll.

So, my gut reaction is, Go For It!
 

gsgary

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Oct 31, 2008
Messages
16,144
Reaction score
2,974
Location
Chesterfield UK
Website
www.gsgary.smugmug.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
1986 TriX
img190-XL.jpg


HP5 in black cannaster not sure how old, about knackered
Untitled-3-XL.jpg


more old HP5 double exposed
img378-XL.jpg


Tmax 100 20+ years out of date shot at 400 by mistake, stand developed in Rodinal
Scan-130721-0003-XL.jpg


same roll (100 foot) but not on same roll as above Tmax 100 shot at 400 stand developed in Rodinal but this time i added 12grams of sodium sulphite
Scan-130819-0002%20%282%29-XL.jpg
 

Most reactions

Top