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Thread: Outdated film

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    Dec 2007

    Outdated film

    Just how old is old when it comes to Kodak Tmax film? I have some tmax from 2010 and was wondering if it would still be OK to use. I realize it 's not as good as fresh film but how much am I really losing.

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    Dec 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Outdated film

    It's still 2010...

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    Roger Thoms's Avatar
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    Re: Outdated film

    The film should be fine, why not expose some and find out for yourself.


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    おせわに なります! Andrew O'Neill's Avatar
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    Re: Outdated film

    I have a box of old TMY and TMX that I purchased in '98 when I lived in Japan. Expired in 2000. Both are fine. I keep them frozen when I'm not using them. Film that expires in 2010 is fresh as far as I'm concerned.

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    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: Outdated film

    In my experience B&W film lasts quite a long time past it's expiration date. I've shot 6 year old Ilford and it's been fine. I've got rolls of aerial film from the 80's that I suspect are still OK. I keep my film in a freezer when possible, but I've got a few holders loaded with TMY thats been at room temperature for close to a year and which I'm just now using and its just fine as frog's hair
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    IanG's Avatar
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    Re: Outdated film

    Remember that the use by dates were shortened when all the manufacturers became ISO 9002 accredited. Prior to that the dates were typically 5 years for B&W films, now it's less than 3.


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