Old film

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Tony, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Tony

    Tony Guest

    So we found three old 35mm films, that have been rewound and stuck into
    their little plastic canisters. Not sure how old they are, could be 5
    years, could be 10 years, maybe even 12. They're from a reasonable
    quality P&S camera.

    They can't be that important or we would have had them developed (I
    hope) - but is it likely that somewhere like Tesco / Boots will be able
    to develop them using their normal process, or if we really wanted to
    check them would we be better looking for a specialist development
    option? Or are they just going to be dead no matter what we do, I don't
    have any feel for how long film survives undeveloped.

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    Tony Evans
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    Tony, Feb 3, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    Provided the films are not significantly older than you suggested, you
    can take them to most branches of Tesco, ASDA, Boots or anywhere that
    has a developing and printing service.

    Beware, though, some ASDA stores have gone all-digital and will no
    longer develop film.

    Even if the films are more than 12 years old, check the canisters to
    see if they are marked C-41 Process (or CN-16, CNK-4 or AP-70
    depending on film brand). If so, they will be fine. C-41 was
    introduced in 1973 and has been the standard ever since.

    Depending on how long they have been stored and at what temperature,
    the results may be a little disappointing. The colour balance may be
    off. But it will almost certainly be worth developing them.

    A word of warning: make sure that they are colour negative films (for
    making prints). If they are colour slide films, they need to be
    processed using E-6 chemistry at a specialist lab (or at Boots taking
    7 days) or, if Kodachrome, using a different process that can only be
    done at one lab in the USA, and only until December 2010.

    If in doubt, ask again with details of the wording on the film
    canisters.
     
    Bruce, Feb 3, 2010
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  3. Tony

    Tony Guest

    I'm pretty sure they're no older than around '95 at the absolute
    earliest, and one of them is much more recent. All 3 have C41 on them.
    Excellent, we had assumed there would be some lowering of quality, but
    it's heartening to hear that we should at least be able to tell what we
    were pointing the camera at!
    Nope, definitely regular colour negative films. Thanks for the response!

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    Tony Evans
    Saving trees and wasting electrons since 1993
    blog -> http://perceptionistruth.com/
    olmr -> http://www.onelinemoviereviews.co.uk/
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    Tony, Feb 4, 2010
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  4. Tony

    Bruce Guest


    You're welcome!

    Don't forget to pay the extra £1 (£2 at Boots) and have the negatives
    scanned to a CD-ROM so you can view them on your PC.
     
    Bruce, Feb 4, 2010
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    At what resolution?
     
    Geoff Berrow, Feb 4, 2010
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  6. Tony

    Bruce Guest


    For 35mm film, it is 1839 x 1231 pixels, or about 2.3 MB. That's
    around the same resolution as HDTV 1200P (1920 x 1200) so it is more
    than good enough for viewing on a PC monitor or flat screen TV.

    The Fuji Frontiers that are used by many minilabs are capable of
    higher resolutions but that service is not usually offered.
     
    Bruce, Feb 4, 2010
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  7. Tony

    Tony Guest

    All three developed fine, the oldest of them shows some obvious signs of
    age but the other two (which look to be from ~2002) look as good as new.

    Thanks again.

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    Tony Evans
    Saving trees and wasting electrons since 1993
    blog -> http://perceptionistruth.com/
    olmr -> http://www.onelinemoviereviews.co.uk/
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    Tony, Feb 4, 2010
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  8. Tony

    Bruce Guest


    You're welcome. Glad I could help.
     
    Bruce, Feb 4, 2010
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  9. Tony

    Tony Guest

    I guess the only problem is that leaving film in the cannister for a few
    years seems to have made me look really fat in the pictures.

    Not sure how the hell that happened!

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    Tony Evans
    Saving trees and wasting electrons since 1993
    blog -> http://perceptionistruth.com/
    olmr -> http://www.onelinemoviereviews.co.uk/
    [ anything below this line wasn't written by me ]
     
    Tony, Feb 4, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    Things could be worse. Imagine if you had looked slim compared to now!
     
    Bruce, Feb 4, 2010
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    Chris H Guest

    So tell us then.... what was on them? Were they significant or
    important?
     
    Chris H, Feb 5, 2010
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  12. Tony

    Tony Guest

    The oldest appears to be a bunch of photo's from the mid to late 80's of
    various people that I won't describe in any more detail.

    The last two were from an LRP event in 2002 including far too many of me
    covered in red make-up, and a small handful of some birds of prey at a
    falconry demonstration, also in 2002.

    We're very pleased to have found the last two, the first one we're not
    worried about. We were taking both digital and film P&S cameras to the
    LRP events, and had the digital shots, but had obviously just forgotten
    to get the 35mm films developed. Since the digital camera at the time
    was Fujifilm DX-10, the digital shots aren't that great. The 35mm ones
    are good though (excluding the previously mentioned ones of me).

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    Tony Evans
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    Tony, Feb 5, 2010
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    Chris H Guest

    I am glad it was worth it :)
     
    Chris H, Feb 5, 2010
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    LRP? Ladyboy reunion party? Suppose it would explain the red make-up ;)
     
    Paul Giverin, Feb 6, 2010
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    Grimly Curmudgeon, Feb 11, 2010
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