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#1 Sander Ferdinand

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 11:34 PM

I know there are a few threads on this already, sorry in advance :-)

 

I found 400ft of sealed 16mm Fujifilm F-500 in my closet. I'm guessing this stock is from somewhere around 2007-2009

 

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The stock has been in a dry (room temperature) closet for at least 4 years.

 

Will shooting with this give me an image at all :-) ? I don't mind if it gives a blue tint, or if I have to over-expose it. I'm just wondering the chances of it being completly ruined.

 

Thoughts?


Edited by Sander Ferdinand, 21 October 2015 - 11:41 PM.

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#2 Dirk DeJonghe

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 12:32 AM

It will give a reasonable image, because of the high sensitivity it will have some gamma-ray caused fogging. If you overexpose by about 1 to 1.5 stops you should be OK for non-critical work. 


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 04:58 AM

It will be fine.  I just processed some 20 year old Kodak 500t that was stored in horrid conditions and it was... acceptable. 

The image will require some work in post.


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:59 AM

Ditto. Should be fine assuming a good scan, grading and slight over exposure.
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#5 Will Montgomery

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:45 AM

A good colorist will work wonders with the film. That's not really that old for film. It would be better if it was 50D but even at 500T you'll be fine. I wouldn't shoot a paying TV spot with it but it will be fine for almost anything else.


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#6 Sander Ferdinand

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 10:32 AM

That's really nice to hear. I will probably end up using this one then!

 

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#7 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 10:20 PM

I just find it amusing that if the film stock would even be exposable was a question ;-)

 

Film is not as fragile as that, I have shot film from the 80's and it made images and some of those were pretty great. We developed some B&W from 1972 a year or two ago and it was foggy but it made interesting images.

 

I don't think the hard drives we use today will work in 5-7 years.


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 10:39 PM

If you are shooting outdoors, you will be amazed at how good it looks. Indoors in low light  will show off all the grain and fogging. 


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