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 Post subject: Old Film
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:39 pm 
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Mentioning in a previous thread about my first SLR back in the day reminded me of something, I took an Olympus OM10 with me on a posting to the Falkland Islands in 1993, quite recently I found about 20 rolls of 35mm film that had somehow escaped the development process, is there any remote hope that there will be anything salvageable on them, is it worth me sending them off to someone in the hope that there maybe anything worth recovering, although I do have a worry that there may be some embarassing images on them, it was nearly 20 years ago, and it was 8000 miles away from home, we were lots of military types getting drunk and doing silly things :D

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 Post subject: Re: Old Film
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Pity I haven't still got my old Paterson developing tank from circa 1976! Developing 35mm B/W film is quite easy. Perhaps you can find someone with a tank you can borrow and we can have a go? There might be some degradation after 20 years but I bet some of it would be OK.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Film
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I would expect some degradation, possibly some fading and maybe heat damage (depends on where they've been stored)
Nothing to lose from trying them out though.

I'd recommend getting a clip test done, first. Dev time may be completely different than normal after so long.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Film
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:18 am 
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If they are B&W there's a very good chance you'll recover decent images from them. I've seen much older exposed film than that get developed and printed reasonably well. In some extreme cases people need to modify the development procedure to get decent results.

If it's colour, send a test roll to the lab and see what comes back. I think the worst possible scenario would be colour slide film.

I suspect in any case you'll get images of some sort - enough to see what's going on anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Film
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:19 am 
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BTW if they are in B&W and you want some specific development advice I'd recommend talking with the people at apug.org - the analogue photography user group. Lots of expertise there, even in recovering ancient exposures.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Film
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I had a few rolls not quite that old that turned up a few weeks ago. I bit the bullet and had them developed and had surprisingly good results if only my photography at the time was as good. Color print film about 15 years old my children were very little.

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