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    Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    I was kindly given a half box of Tri-X which I'm going to assume has been stored properly. It's been frozen since I've had it about 6 months, at least. Is there anything I should concern myself with when shooting this film or given its unknown circumstances, don't save it for the Queen? I've read film loses a stop or thereabouts per decade. Is this reasonable or a bunch of old rubbish?

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Sounds right to me. Eventually the emulsion lifts off but 15 years isn't that bad for B&W.

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    I've read the same stuff too, but in practice I find the only things to really worry about when using old B&W film are composition, focus, and lighting. The other thing I worry about when using film that old is that people will think I'm a cheap-skate skin-flint.

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    I've read the same stuff too, but in practice I find the only things to really worry about when using old B&W film are composition, focus, and lighting. The other thing I worry about when using film that old is that people will think I'm a cheap-skate skin-flint.
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    Awesome, thanks guys. Will give it a bit more exposure and see how I get on with it.

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by welly View Post
    Awesome, thanks guys. Will give it a bit more exposure and see how I get on with it.
    Try it at ISO 100-125 or so. TX 320 really needs to be exposed at about 200 when it's fresh.
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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    I have some from the mid 80s that has shot fine. No adjustments were made.

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    I have some from the mid 80s that has shot fine. No adjustments were made.
    Me too, but mine's been in the deep freeze since the late 80s.
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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Shoot one frame and then process it to see if it is good. I bought a 100' roll of outdated Tri-X in 35mm here on the forum that the seller said had always been frozen. I shot one roll thinking it would be fine. When I pressed it I dicovered it was so badly fogged it was unprintable. I should have known better to test it first. Live and learn!! Robbie

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    Re: Tri-X from '97. Anything to keep in mind when shooting with it?

    Can be a good basis for experimentation for the moldy Tri-X look.

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