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I now have a new cache of expired film

Postby Philip » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:57 pm

This afternoon I picked up from a friend a box of old film he had got a few days ago from a friend of his. It has, I just counted 'em, 155 24-exposure rolls of Kodak and Fuji film, all stale dated since 2001 and 2002. The cache appears to be what was cleared out of a local supermarket when they dropt film altogether a while back (there are empty enlargement envelopes there, too).

It's all C41, and mostly 200-speed, but about a third of it being rated 400-speed, plus two rolls of NPS160. I'll be using a lot of it, but I think I may get some kind of local thing going with some university-aged young people I know who are into film. It'd be fun to do an Expired Day In This Town project, or something.

But I think I am going to have to start, finally, doing my own C41 developing. I've been saying this for years but this might be what pushes me over that edge.


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Re: I now have a new cache of expired film

Postby PFMcFarland » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:21 pm

That's a nice cache! Better than the five rolls I found the other day going through a camera bag I forgot about. They're all 24's (Kodak 2x200 Gold, 3x400 Max), and haven't been able to get any of those around here for at least two years. I might be tempted to try developing them myself.

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Re: I now have a new cache of expired film

Postby Bennybee » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:10 am

On my regular visits to the Brussels flea market I am always on the lookout for unused (and mostly expired films. So far I haven't been very successful. But last week I did find two factory sealed TDK SA C-100 cassettes for 1 Euro. That was not bad either...
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Re: I now have a new cache of expired film

Postby BillyBob » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:47 pm

Philip wrote:But I think I am going to have to start, finally, doing my own C41 developing. I've been saying this for years but this might be what pushes me over that edge..

I'll be very interested to know how you make out with this. Specifically, what C-41 self-development options you find available/accessible in Canada. I suspect that eventually this - or sending stuff away - is going to be our only option.

I'm counting myself lucky to have a local place that does a 1-week turnaround on C-41; $5.50 develop and $3.99 scan to CD for a 24 exposure ($6.50 develop for 36 exposure. Still not too bad; they do good scans. That said, I brought in three rolls of 35mm slide film. <cough> $13.99 per roll for processing (they send them out; week-and-a-half turnaround). Perhaps slides will remain a rare treat ;-)

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Re: I now have a new cache of expired film

Postby Philip » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:25 pm

Yes, there've been problems in the past getting the C41 kits here in Canada. I haven't tried in the past two or three years. I'll try again soon.

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