Found some old bulk Kodak film - next steps?
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Found some old bulk Kodak film - next steps?

Hi! I'm pretty new to film in general but have developed several rolls of color negatives via C41 at home. However, this is the first time I've dealt with B&W and bulk...

So I picked up 4 tins of bulk Kodak today at an estate sale - $0.50 each. Three are sealed, one is unmarked and opened so I assume the first few spools are toast.

Looks like Tri-X, Plus-X, and Panatomic-X. Based on Wikipedia, the Tri-X might be rated 200 and not the current 400 stock? The Plus-X would be either 160 or 125, and the Panatomic-X would be 32 or 40... All are likely older than 1990.



How should I approach getting started on bulk loading? And developing? Looks like FFP was selling expire 1981 Panatomic-X at $8.99/20 exp... Should I just sell? Lol...
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Post this on the I hate lomo thread where that OP was complaining he couldnt get old film.
Sell it off.
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...d.php?t=168372
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If you are thinking about getting into B&W yourself, I would recommend hanging onto at least the Panatomic X, and not selling it unless you really need the money. Of the films you have there, the Pan X is the least likely to be affected by age and the most likely to yield really nice results without having to make continual guesses at compensation, and still being disappointed. It’s likely 32 ASA, and will likely still develop well at Kodak’s recommended processing for new film.
Plus, there’s no other film like Pan X. And, no, FP4+ isn’t like Panatomic X.
I wish I’d found it. Good luck, and happy days.
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Seriously...
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Seriously...

Hi,


Save the opened one for when you get that screw threaded Leica you've always wanted and then practice cutting the ends and loading the camera and cassette...


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If you are thinking about getting into B&W yourself, I would recommend hanging onto at least the Panatomic X, and not selling it unless you really need the money. Of the films you have there, the Pan X is the least likely to be affected by age and the most likely to yield really nice results without having to make continual guesses at compensation, and still being disappointed. Itís likely 32 ASA, and will likely still develop well at Kodakís recommended processing for new film.
Plus, thereís no other film like Pan X. And, no, FP4+ isnít like Panatomic X.
I wish Iíd found it. Good luck, and happy days.
Thanks. Good tip - I'll try Pan X first. No plans to sell since this is enough film to last me years and years. D76 seems to work just fine?
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I ended up with a bulk loader labeled GAF 320 so I wrapped it up and stuck it in the freezer. I am hoping to find it usable, but ya never know.
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