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Expired Tmax 100 can be lovely!

As well as the roll of expired Tri-X that I wrote about yesterday, I’ve also recently shot a roll of Tmax 100 which expired in September 1994 (one of the other rolls I got at the car-boot sale). I shot the first few frames of the roll back on 19 August, mostly because someone reminded me that it was World Photography Day , and I thought I ought to at least take a few photos to mark the occasion (although I didn’t participate beyond taking the shots). As I didn’t have the opportunity to go out, I took some pictures of some flowers in a vase that were in the house. I took a couple of shots inside with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 attached to my F70, and then moved the vase outside and took a couple with my Sigma 105mm macro.

While I had reasonable hopes that I’g get some decent shots, I still expected the film to show signs of its age, so I was flabbergasted when I got the results – the tones, contrast, and fine grain of a film that should’ve been processed 23 years ago are absolutely gorgeous to my eyes. The only consideration I made to the film’s age was to shoot it at half box speed (50 asa) to compensate.

I’ve got a few other rolls of expired B&W film (although no more Tmax) and I’m now very much looking forward to seeing if they can render similarly pleasing results.

Here’re a few shots from the start of the roll (although I’ll definitely be posting additional images over the coming days and weeks as I like most of the pictures that I got).

FILM - White rose

Nikon F70, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Kodak Tmax 100 (expired September 1994)

FILM - Starburst

Nikon F70, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Kodak Tmax 100 (expired September 1994)

FILM - Flowers

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Kodak Tmax 100 (expired September 1994)

FILM - Oak

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Kodak Tmax 100 (expired September 1994)

All taken on 19 August 2017

2 thoughts on “Expired Tmax 100 can be lovely!

    1. Thanks Ivan. Yeah, I’m very pleased with how they turned out. Based on my experiences so far, I’m more than happy to shoot expired b&w film – especially slower films. I’ve shot some colour films with good results too, but the faster (400asa) varieties tend to get pretty grainy and lose contrast in my personal experience.

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