Shot 32 yr old Tri-X
Old 10-31-2018   #1
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Shot 32 yr old Tri-X

I shot a roll of Tri-X that expired 03/86. Shot it at box speed, 200, 200, & 50 asa. The 100 & 50 worked the best. I processed with R5 mono bath for 7 min. I was surprised. I guess it does not matter how old B&W film is, you can still recover images. This roll was the experimental roll. I have 3 more to shoot.

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Nice!

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Thanks bmattock got it.
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Nice, I've had very good success with out of date Kodak film. But not so good with Fuji (color) out of date. It is fun to try to see the difference between fresh and out of date. I can't.
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Looks good.

*I wonder if the OP knows or can verify if the film was cold freezer stored or not?

( *yes I know, this is something hard or impossible to honestly verify if the film came from a third party)
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I love the way the shadows look like bromoil. I wouldn't use this myself, but these look great. How do they print?

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I've had very mixed results with expired film faster than ASA 100 or so. Some ancient Tri-X looked as good as new at box speed and some was very fogged at EI 200. I think it just comes down to how it was stored.

Slower than 100 seems to hold up extremely well, though. I was even able to get usable images from a 100' roll of Ansco Finopan from 1945 recently. Originally somewhere near ASA 32, I got images at anywhere from E I3 to EI 12. It actually looked pretty good!

I've never had any luck with expired color film past a few years. I'll usually process expired C41 in B&W chemistry since I know the colors will be way off anyway. I've gotten some interesting results that way.
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Mt Vernon, Deception Pass, Oak Harbor...I'm guessing youre from Skagit or Island County? I really love photographing up that way and need to get out there again one of these days. So much to explore on Whidbey, and so much great wine.

But on to the photos—
I think the Mt. Vernon one turned out wonderfully and could be improved with a bit of contrast to quash some of the shadow grain and bring out the clouds. As for the others, congrats on getting an image, but they definitely look a little worse for wear with that kind of grain. The effect might be interesting on portraits or very high-contrast, close-up subjects. Where'd you find the film?

As Pentode said, I've also had mixed results with older films. i posted something about ca. 2005 or so TMX and got very reasonable results stand developing in Rodinal, with grain akin to FP4. Less luck with TMY—I'm using up the last of a bulk roll from about 2013 and that was long enough to lose quite a bit of sensitivity.
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Takkan I live in Bonney Lake. I travel with my job all over Washington. Bought the film at a estate sale. I think i paid a buck for 5 rolls. Just shot for fun with my M2R and Summaron 35 2.8
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Takkan I live in Bonney Lake. I travel with my job all over Washington. Bought the film at a estate sale. I think i paid a buck for 5 rolls. Just shot for fun with my M2R and Summaron 35 2.8
I'll be down your way for a bicycle race this afternoon!

But what a lucky find. I'm always on the hunt for old camera gear and older Coleman lanterns and always come up short on estate sales—lots of old clothes, TJMaxx wall art, and worn out kitchen equipment.
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Yes it does look like a bromoil. Funny how sometimes damage can add to an image
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