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    Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Hi everyone, not new to photography at all, but have recently turned to LF and mid-format and have just started developing myself. I got, from someone who quit analogue years ago, a whole bunch of old expired film: several full boxes of 4x5 (400TMax and 320TXP) with expiry dates 2013-2017 + 120 films (100Tmax, 400Tmax, 400TX) with expire dates 2017-2019. And they have, likely for years, been stored at ROOM temperature. Is this for the bin? (I am photographing with a Linhof Master Techn (and a HB)). What do you think? (Perhaps just a couple of test films to see, I guess. Adjustments due to the age of the film - overexpose a bit? Advice?).

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Hell yes, try it!

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    start at rated iso and adjust as needed.

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    This is black and white film, not colour, and less affected by age. Your film is not that old. I would suggest that you start at box speed. If the film was stored around 20C, I think that you may be pleasantly surprised.
    Last edited by r.e.; 24-Aug-2021 at 04:38.

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    It should be fine. Try some at box speed with normal development....then adjust as necessary.

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    I'll bet it is fine, too. A few cosmic rays will increase your base fog a touch, but you should use it.
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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Steve's rule is "if in doubt, try it out"... ;-)

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Just shoot some Shanghai GP3, that expired 2000/04, at box speed. Stored in room temperature for twenty years.
    Came out perfectly well.

    I guess you are going to be fine.

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    I'd start at half box speed, but then I would do that with new film

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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Last year I found a box with bricks of 120 Ilford SFX 200, Agfa APX 100, and Ilford HP5 plus. All the rolls were dated around 2000. The box that I had put the bricks of film in was mislabeled, and I had no reason to open it for probably the past 22 years. The mislabeled box was stored at everything from room temperature to in the attic. I almost just threw the film out, but then had second thoughts. Took one roll of each type of film, shot the same outside scene, and processed the film. Agfa APX and Ilford HP5 plus are still totally usable and put those rolls in the freezer. Ilford SFX totally unusable with base plus fog hovering around 0.50.

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