old undeveloped film

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Pdk Pdk, Oct 24, 2009.

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    Pdk Pdk Guest

    This morning while cleaning out a seldom used closet, I was
    surprised to find 5 rolls of TRI-X flim that I shot in the early 1990s
    but never developed. Don't know what's on them, but I did date the
    film cannisters. Since I always would
    develop film within a week of shooting pictures, I was wondering how
    long exposed film can sit undeveloped without "going bad." Will I
    still get pics from these rolls almost 20 years old? (They're all
    black/white film) Anyone have any experience similar to mine?
     
    Pdk Pdk, Oct 24, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    I would take to photolab to have them providing the answer instead of
    making wild guesses.
     
    Joel, Oct 24, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : Charles E Hardwidge wrote:
    : > : >>
    : >> : >>> This morning while cleaning out a seldom used closet, I was
    : >>> surprised to find 5 rolls of TRI-X flim that I shot in the early 1990s
    : >>> but never developed. Don't know what's on them, but I did date the
    : >>> film
    : >>> cannisters. Since I always would develop film within a week of shooting
    : >>> pictures, I was wondering how long exposed film can sit undeveloped
    : >>> without "going bad." Will I still get pics from these rolls almost 20
    : >>> years old? (They're all black/white film) Anyone have any experience
    : >>> similar to mine?
    : >>
    : >> Hmmmmm, that reminds me, I have a few rolls of TriX from 1966 that
    : >> need to
    : >> be developed..... really.
    : >>
    : >> Pictures from Bitburg, Germany - the good old days!
    : >
    : > For once I am speechless. *SPEECHLESS*.
    : >
    : > Can't hurt to give it a try. I think, we'd all like to see what wonder
    : > emerges. Okay, so it's not exactly like cracking the seal on King Tut's
    : > tomb
    : > but as good as we're going to get around here.
    : >
    : > I await. Mouth agape.
    : >
    :
    :
    : Well I found an old roll of film at the back of my desk drawer one
    : day...and decided to get it developed...
    : my own dark room has been pretty much dismantled for many years.
    :
    : It was developed with no problems.
    : I had no idea where the roll of film had come from...and the shots were
    : all so bad that it looked like some little kid had just been turned
    : loose with a camera...
    : then a light lit up in my head and I recalled that when my daughter was
    : 3 years old I did in fact give her my camera and let her have a go at it!

    How old is she now? Did she develop an interest in photography?

    Last year at Thanksgiving dinner I let my 6-year-old granddaughter try out one
    of my old cameras. She kept at it for about an hour before she got bored. Most
    of her pictures were pretty bad technically, but she got some great smiles.
    Everybody's happy to pose for a 6-year-old (except, of course, her younger
    siblings).

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Oct 25, 2009
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    BobS Guest

    snip
    I will do just that and I'm hoping the rolls have some shots that I
    took at a race that Phil Hill drove the Chaparral #7 with Jo Bonnier.
    I have one (now ratty) print from another roll of negatives that got
    wasted in a flood a few years back. These undeveloped rolls have been
    in a freezer for many years but were also in storage for years in
    unknown environment while I traveled the world and visited all those
    exotic places the USAF sent me to.....

    This thread brought them to mind again so I'll take them out of the
    deep freeze and see what happens.

    Thanks for the reminder - this will be interesting!

    Bob S.
     
    BobS, Oct 27, 2009
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