Out of date film = what effects?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Svend Cr, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Svend Cr

    Svend Cr Guest

    Hello photo specialists, I would like to ask you about what effect
    I might get from using out of date film.

    I have some Kodak Gold 400 ASA film. Although I have kept it in
    the fridge it is now a few years past its expiry date.

    What sort of effects might I notice if I use this film?

    One film from this batch which I got developed & printed (as 7 x 5
    inch prints) looked surprisingly GRAINY and the prints also had
    unexepctedly poor skin tones. Also some exposures seemed really

    Are these effects more likely to have been caused by poor
    developing & printing or is it more likely it was due to the out of
    date film?
    Svend Cr, Jul 30, 2004
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  2. Usually expired date color film exhibits shifted colors, and lower contrast
    as a result of slight fogging.( Grain could be increased as the film loses some speed,....as
    it slowly becomes age fogged. Usually if the film is cool or cold stored these are smaller
    issues. They are usually not major problems if the film is a few months past expiration
    maybe up to a year or two. Without specifically doing a side by side comparision with fresh
    film of the same type and Manfacturer,... its conjecture and hard to pin down exactly
    whether what your seeing is an issue with the past date film.
    Gregory W Blank, Jul 30, 2004
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