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#1 Zachariah Shanahan

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:53 PM

Have a Fuji RT200 from 84, RT50 from '02 in the post. Purchased for the Single8mm cart only so rolls are a bonus for experimentation.

What results have people had with exposing expired film? I've no knowledge of their storage at this point.

Use a ZC1000.
I'd love to know.
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#2 David Cunningham

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:14 PM

RT50 will cost you more to process than just purchasing fresh/new stock and processing that.  Between the unknown condition and cost of the special processing, I would advise against trying.  It's certainly not a good test of the camera.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:25 PM

I see your point, it does seem like a waste not to try though. The processing fee is not an issue for me, I'm just curious for the results.
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:27 PM

Might I add, if they could only be processed as B&W, I'd scrap the idea. I'm interested in the faded colours, grain and the unknown of it all.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:50 AM

I believe film rescue international will do it color... probably plastburg photographic as well.

 

Go for a 1 to 2 stop over exposure assuming it's been sitting at room temperature for 30 years.  Probably 1 over for the 11 year-old.

 

That's my advice.


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#6 Richard Tuohy

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:49 AM

I think there is no exposure compensation you can do for out of date colour reversal film.  The film is likely to be badly fogged.  With reversal, badly fogged means the film will be produce images that are very light (heading towards completely clear with no image at all).  Over exposing won't help that.  In fact, there is nothing you can do.  Yes, perhaps if it was negative film, under rating the film (ie over exposing) is a good idea.  But with reversal, no.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:57 AM

Here's a good example of old reversal...

 

 

 

Justin is the man when it comes to experimenting with film.  :)  I believe he said he shot this at a half stop over and was thinking about going to a full stop over on the next roll.  He's got a box of this stuff.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Justin sure gets some remarkable results with old film.  I would suggest the processed film looks very different from that transfer.  I suspect there would be no blacks at all on the film itself.  Certainly I think it is extremely unlikely you would get anything aproximating this.  A fair amount of old super 8 comes our way.  You aren't likely to get anything that looks like this I am afraid.  Well, that said, the 11 year old stock - VNF I presume - might still have a little contrast left.


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