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  1. #11

    Re: old film

    Well I just shot the Ilford 125 at 100 and the negs look good I have not yet finished the dark room so I can not print but they look good I took some at 80 ASA of, same subjects, same light but have not yet developed them ,that will be this week sometime.

  2. #12

    Re: old film

    I acquired a box of Pan x 32 ASA 5x7 sheet film that expired in 1966 and it measured a FB+F of 0.4 to 0.45, not bad for a film that is 54 years out of date. Looking at the negative it is clearly still worthy of making a fine print. An exhibited film curve that continues to the upside unencumbered surely helps. Rule of thumb. Lower ASA rated sheet film is far less susceptible of degradation. I have a lot of Efke 25 in 11x14 (ASA 25) that processes as it was new and it is 10 years old.
    Last edited by Michael Kadillak; 7-Jul-2020 at 19:39. Reason: typo

  3. #13
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    May 2002
    Phoenix, AZ

    Re: old film

    You should try to find either some liquid Orthazite or some benzotriazol Anti_Fog. On the liquid Orthazite about 1 oz per quart or litter of working development solution. I have used this with success on old film and paper. I was even able to salvage images from a crime scene of a burned body on the floor of a burned building on infrared film with decent contrast some years ago. Benzotriazole Anti-Fog was a Kodak product, but I think you can still obtain the chemistry to make this up. B&H seems to have a 4oz quantity for about $5.00.

    Hope this helps.
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  4. #14

    Re: old film

    finally got some and look forward to using it

  5. #15

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    Feb 2014
    Sydney, Australia

    Re: old film

    I just shot some FP4 (non-plus) in 35mm at 25 ISO and pushed it 1 stop in Rodinal 1+25 - the results look the same as fresh film (to me). This stuff expired some time in the 80s so similar to yours but bigger film formats should have more tolerance to expiry as grain is less noticeable so if anything you should get better results. I still have to shoot a roll of HP5 from the same lot, there I expect to be disappointed.

    Talking about it having no date on it - mine didn't either but you can check the wikipedia page to find out when each of the emulsions stopped being made to get a rough idea:

    FP: 1935 - 1939
    FP2: 1939 - 1942
    FP3: 1942 - 1968
    FP4: 1968 - 1990
    FP4+: 1990 - present

    HP -> HP5+ is similar.

  6. #16

    Re: old film

    Yes my negs also look good and I will be printing in the darkroom as soon as I can figure a reasonable way to control the water temp going into the sink I am making.

  7. #17

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    Oct 2019

    Re: old film

    I've managed to get good results from quite old Ilford film: from 1940's. Kodak doesn't age that well in my experience. Newer Agfa papers are probably useless, some of the older might be useful. I've had success with 1970-80's Brovira and Portriga.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Sep 2008
    SF Bay area, CA

    Re: old film

    It's misleading to make generic statements. An awful lot depends on the climate, actual storage conditions, specific product etc.

  9. #19
    Tin Can's Avatar
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    Dec 2011

    Re: old film

    Perhaps somebody can explain exactly how THEY use this exact product, Photographers' Formulary Benzotriazole (Anti-Fog #1) - 10g

    I am shooting very old Dry Plates and this Ilford Special Portrait 5X7

    Ilford Special Portrait 1 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    Ilford Special Portrait 2 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???


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