Out of date film

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Jeff Worsnop, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Jeff Worsnop

    Jeff Worsnop Guest

    The staff photographer for a large organisation in the Midlands is throwing
    out lots of monochrome film that is past it's expirey date and she has
    offered it to me rather than binning it. It has been stored unopened and at
    the correct temp. Some of the films, conventional and C41, are only a couple
    of months out of date and some are dated 2000.
    Question is whether any deterioration would be noticeable on, say 10"x12"
    prints from 35mm either for the just expired or 3 years expired date films.
    Any advice, especially from practical experience, would be very much
    Jeff Worsnop, Sep 20, 2003
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  2. Just use it and see, aside from that it should still good
    although without testing it any advice is speculation.
    Gregory W. Blank, Sep 20, 2003
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  3. They're good... use them!

    They may not perfectly match fresh rolls of the same film, but they're quite

    The deterioriation will consist of a slight loss of film speed. There will
    be no grain or other effects identifiable on the print. You might bracket
    exposures on the first roll and see what gives best results.
    Michael A. Covington, Sep 20, 2003
  4. Jeff Worsnop

    NapperWm Guest

    It has been stored unopened and at
    I have purchased B&W films in bulk for years and stored them frozen without
    problems. I have some Ilford FP4+ in the freezer that has a 2000 date that is
    perfectly fine.
    Get all of the film and shoot to your hearts content!
    NapperWm, Sep 20, 2003
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Cold stored B&W will last quite awhile past the sell by date.

    Nick Zentena, Sep 20, 2003
  6. You will notice no difference. Modern emulsion is pretty
    stable. There is a slow build up of fog over time from
    several causes but even when film is a few years past its
    exiration date it will still generally perform well.
    Grab this stuff:)
    Richard Knoppow, Sep 23, 2003
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