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#1 Stef Kwinten

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:23 AM

Hi everybody,

 

I picked up an 400ft 16mm Stock of Kodak Vision2 500T/7218. 

The stock has an date from 2002, so that makes it 15 years old.

 

It was stored in an fridge, but not at a minus celcius degree.

 

Is the stock still worth using, or is it going to be ruined and not worth the time and money of developing and renting a camera? The stock was super cheap so thought it was worth a try.

 

Thanks! 


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#2 Simon Wyss

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 12:05 PM

Why in the world does everybody stick to old film stock? To me it’s like trying to cook with shrivelled potatoes and mouldy garlic.

 

Fresh film!


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#3 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:35 PM

It probably won't be too bad for fun/practice shooting, but for a serious project, it will be pretty noisy and may have a layer of fog.
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#4 Michael Rodin

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

Why in the world does everybody stick to old film stock? To me it’s like trying to cook with shrivelled potatoes and mouldy garlic.

 

Fresh film!

You can't buy fresh Eterna Vivid. And I'd rather compare it to old cognac :)  May have elevated base fog, lowered contrast and (very) slight color disbalance, but I'd take an expired roll of S16 Vivid 160T over any model Alexa any day.


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#5 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

You can't buy fresh Eterna Vivid. And I'd rather compare it to old cognac :)  May have elevated base fog, lowered contrast and (very) slight color disbalance, but I'd take an expired roll of S16 Vivid 160T over any model Alexa any day.


For 16 no... but for 35... maybe. We're experimenting with a roll we got from china that's newly made. :D
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#6 Michael Rodin

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:54 PM

It was a sharp stock so held up on big screen in S16... quite grainy in small gauge but grain still bothers me less than color in video. What's that Chinese film - ECN2 or B&W?


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 12:33 PM

Thanks everyone, we decided to go with some fresh film stock, and use the old stock as a dummy.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

old grainy and foggy color shifted stocks may be good for flashback or dream sequences, no need to throw them away  ;)


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#9 Samuel Berger

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:33 PM

Coincidentally I just found 6 rolls of Plus-X. I'll use one to test my new K3.

 

I thought about this thread when I ran into it. ;-)


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#10 Robin Phillips

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:34 PM

wait, theres Chinese knockoff Eterna? when did this happen and how does one find it?


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