Old Undeveloped Film

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Sean M via PhotoKB.com, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. I found an old roll of film in my attic. I want to know what is on it, but I
    don't know if I can develop it or not. Everyone I go to won't touch it. I
    just want to try. It is Kodacolor II. It has a zebra stripe pattern at both
    ends of the canister, but the colors are the Kodak orange and black. The
    whole canister says: "Kodacolor II Film for Color Prints - - 36 Exposures --
    C135-36 - -ASA 80-20 Din."

    I would love for someone to help me.... Please.
    Sean M via PhotoKB.com, Sep 12, 2005
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  2. I see no reason why any film processor wouldn't attempt to develop it for
    you. Just tell them that it is very old, and you don't really expect the
    pictures to turn out. There is nothing anyone can do to recover anything
    that has been lost over the years that it has laid in your attic, so one
    processor is just as good as another. Once the film has been developed,
    however then perhaps an expert could get some useful prints out of it.
    Perhaps you should just ask them to develop the film, and not ask for any
    prints. That way, they would not feel that they are responsible for it if it
    doesn't turn out very well. And, if there are any detectable images on the
    film, then you can go from there to someone who will try to get prints out
    of them......
    William Graham, Sep 12, 2005
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    Colyn Guest

    If I recall this film used the old C22 process which is somewhat
    difficult to have processed since most labs don't use this process any
    Colyn, Sep 13, 2005
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    Colyn Guest

    If I recall this film used the C22 process. Most if not all local labs
    won't have this available.
    You might be able to find a mail order lab who will do it though.
    Colyn, Sep 13, 2005
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    Ken Hart Guest

    Does it say "Process C-22" on it anywhere? If so, it's an old process no
    longer used.
    You could try Film Rescue International. I haven't needed to use their
    service, but I've talked with them, and they seem to know what they're
    Ken Hart, Sep 13, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    Kodacolor II was the original C-41 film. Oddly enough it replaced
    Kodacolor-X which was a C-22 film.

    Some of the film rescue guys might do a better job on it than a local
    lab because they have a bit of expertise in dealing with aged film,
    but Kodacolor-II is the current C-41 process.

    Kodacolor-II was made from 1972 (73 in 35mm) until 1984 so the film
    is at least 21 years old and very probably 30 years old.

    Peter, Sep 13, 2005
  7. Yes. I googled them, and they say they use a special processing for the
    Kodacolor II. See:
    William Graham, Sep 13, 2005
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  10. Regardless, Filmrescue says they use different chemicals today than were
    used then. A good idea to send it to them.....
    William Graham, Sep 13, 2005
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    Robert C. Guest

    Reading Filmrescue's website, I think I would opt for their process. My
    Robert C., Sep 13, 2005
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    DD (Rox) Guest

    Imagine you find pictures of Jimmy Hoffa being led away to some kind of
    execution. Or pictures of Elvis making whoopee with somebody famous!

    Your life may never be the same again!
    DD (Rox), Sep 13, 2005
  13. Thanks for your help! Everyone! I think i will send it to Film Rescue.

    Sean M via PhotoKB.com, Sep 13, 2005
  14. My experience in twenty some years working at commercial labs starting
    in the mid '70s, is that the earliest C-41 films didn't seem to have
    much shelf life, either awaiting processing or afterwards. Assuming
    your film actually was exposed at some point, and not just an unused
    roll that got overlooked, you still may well get no usable images.

    But you'll never know until you send it in... =)
    Bob Harrington, Sep 14, 2005
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