Use or throw away expired Tmax?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by me, Sep 27, 2004.

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    me Guest

    I have some Tmax 400 that expired in February of 2004. Should I throw it
    away or is it still usable? If I do use it how will it differ from fresh
    film?
     
    me, Sep 27, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest


    Just use it.

    Nick
     
    Nick Zentena, Sep 27, 2004
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  3. absolutely usable.
    Maybe not if you stored that films in your oven.

    ciao
     
    stefano bramato, Sep 27, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Sep 27, 2004
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  5. Kodak is very conservative about film expiry. If it has been stored at room
    temperature it is still good. I'm currently shooting T400 film that expired
    1999, but was stored in a freezer between 1996 and 2002.

    I once bought a folding Kodak camera which had an unused roll of verichrome
    pan in it. Don't know how old it was, but the spool was made out of wood.
    Anyhow, shot it and developed it in D-76 for 5 minutes and only the first
    couple of frames had any significant fogging.
     
    Dominic Richens, Sep 27, 2004
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  6. Very likely, it's just fine. There's no sudden, catastrophic, event
    that occurs on the expiration date.

    The primary risk factor is how much the film has been exposed to high
    temperatures. If it's sat in an air-conditioned room, it's certainly
    fine.

    If you're in any doubt, don't use it for *critical* work, especially
    one-shot opportunities and most especially one-shot opportunities for
    a paying client (i.e. where youre reputation is on the line). But if
    you *have* a reputation, you already know that :).

    The failure modes of over-age B&W film tend to be lower sensitivity,
    lower contrast, and higher fog. Slight pushing, perhaps a half-stop,
    can help overcome that -- but if you don't know the condition of the
    film, that's as likely to harm as to help. I only try things like
    that when I'm trying to rescue a roll found in an *old* camera that I
    don't know anything about. For a *recent* roll, not used, I either
    figure it'll be okay with ordinary processing, or else I figure I
    shouldn't use it, depending on what I know of its storage history.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Sep 27, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    As others have said already, don't worry. You may get lower contrast, but
    you probably won't notice unless it has been stored somewhere very hot.

    The effects of aging on B&W films are _much_ less worrisome than they are
    for colour, and this one is only a bit over half a year out of date anyway.


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Sep 28, 2004
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  8. Probably still good, but use it soon.
     
    Uranium Committee, Sep 28, 2004
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