Old unused APS film

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Ampersand, Jul 29, 2003.

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    Ampersand Guest

    I have some APS films that are still unused and still in their original
    packaging, but whose expiry date (the date you have to get the film
    processed by) was in January 2003. Can I still use them? What could happen
    if I use them knowing that they're "outdated"? Thanks a lot!
    Ampersand, Jul 29, 2003
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  2. Sure you can use them. As film ages, the base fog increases and
    sensitivity decreases. Six months past the date is not enough to
    produce a discernable difference, however.

    Store film in sealed plastic bags in the refrigerator or, for longer
    term storage, in the freezer. It slows the aging process tremendously.
    I've used film which was up to 15 years out of date that had been deep
    frozen all that time, with excellent results.

    If you store film in the fridge or freezer, remember to keep it in the
    plastic bag after taking it out for an hour or two before using to
    allow it to temperature stabilize and prevent condensation.

    Godfrey DiGiorgi, Jul 29, 2003
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    Ron Andrews Guest

    Six months past expiration date will show some degradation in the
    shadows or if you underexpose. If this is 400 speed film, there will be a
    discernable increase in grain. Here is an example with outdated APS film
    shot by a family member:


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    Ron Andrews, Jul 30, 2003
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    Lyle Gordon Guest

    I doubt if there will be will any difference unless it is pro film, in which
    case the colours could be slightly off.

    Lyle Gordon, Jul 31, 2003
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