Found two 18 year-old. undeveloped rolls of film. And now?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Vicente Vazquez, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. While trying to put some order to the mess in an old closet, I came
    across a pair of old undeveloped 110mm rolls of film. At first I
    didn't recon them, but now I'm almost sure I know what films those are
    and, IIRC the date and place when I took the pics (and I remember
    never seeing those pics developed), they must be about 18 years old.

    The question is: any chance those films can still be developed? If
    yes, should I just send it to the lab, try the regular development
    process and see what happens? Or is there any special method or
    technique that can help to minimize damage to the film while
    developing it? Or should I just forget it, as the films are surely
    useless by now?

    I know that IF (and I said IF) they can be developed, the pictures
    will surely come out with extremely poor color and definiton. On the
    other hand, and if those films are the ones I think they are, the
    content of those pics are extremely important for me today, as they
    are probably the only "teenage era" pics I have with my girlfriend,
    who was "only a friend" at the time. We lost contact soon after those
    pics were taken and met again after 18 years, last December. Weird
    that those films showed up now, hunh?

    Maybe the pics can, at least, serve as a basis for a "digital rebuild"
    (is that how you say it in English?) of the image. So, what are your

    Vicente Vazquez, Jan 21, 2005
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    Stan Guest

    You will probably have to contact a custom lab - I doubt any of the
    neighborhood film processors can handle 110 anymore, though, the labs
    they use might be able to.

    If they can handle it, I would try to see if they can do the scanning
    for you. Most consumer film scanners won't take 110, and it will be
    difficult on a flatbed scanner -- 110 is such a small negative.

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    Miles Harris Guest

    I found some old b/w film in one of my SLRs that had been there for
    almost that long. I had it developed normally and it came out fine -
    but very much grainier than it would have done normally. The effect
    was really very pleasant, though; a bit like 1200ASA b/w film provides
    as standard.
    Miles Harris, Jan 22, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    On a related note, anyone have recommendations for getting 110 film scanned
    somewhere? I have a ton of this film from my childhood that's been handed
    down to me, and I'd love to get it digitally archived. As you say, trying
    to do it yourself isn't such a grand idea, and my results have been less
    than satisfactory. My negatives are still in fine shape, fortunately, but
    I'm wondering if there is a way to outsource the scanning work? If I'm
    lucky, affordably? ;)
    Mike Kohary, Jan 22, 2005
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    brian Guest

    I know of a man who found a film inside a camera he found in his fathers
    attic after his death, he found a film in it and had it developed, they came
    out fine, and not only that , they were pics taken by his father in Berlin
    in about 1936, and had Adolf Hitler driving past in his staff car waving to
    the crowds

    I would put them in for development, you have nothing to lose.

    brian, Jan 22, 2005
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    Stan Guest

    That attic must have been in a fairly cool and dry climate. Film in my
    attic wouldn't make it past one season.

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    Back in the late fifties I came across a roll of exposed Ektachrome
    that I'd forgotten about. It had been a couple of years since I'd
    taken the pictures.

    When developed, I wasn't impressed. The pictures were grainy and
    blurry, appearing out of focus. They also lacked saturation and

    But, the experiment was worthwhile. Now, I don't foget to have my
    film developed. :)

    Orrin Iseminger, Jan 24, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    I had a roll of Ilford HP5 in a drawer for 3 years, I had it processed and
    it was full of dust particles, oh well.
    Guest, Jan 24, 2005
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    roger Guest

    This photo you describe, the one with hitler in it, I have a photo that fits
    that description, its very old!!!
    roger, Jan 25, 2005
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    brian Guest

    Of course it's very old, if Hitler is in it, it would have to be at least 60
    years old, LOL

    brian, Jan 28, 2005
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