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Surprisingly nice expired Ektachrome from 2003

A few photos today from my hike around Dale Dyke reservoir that I posted about a few weeks ago. I mentioned in that post about taking the Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 on the hike along with the Yashica Mat 124G. I’d loaded it with a roll of Ektachrome E200S that had expired back in 2003. I can’t remember where exactly I’d gotten the film from now, but I had no idea as to how it had been stored. I shot the first of the rolls with my Holga back in October last year. That roll had a severe purple cast. I was able to remove it to a large extent but it left nasty purple speckles in the shadow areas. While I would be shooting this second roll in a camera with more control over aperture and shutter speed, I was still not holding out high hopes for the film.

On a walk to a reservoir

I decided to over-expose it a little given it’s age. Normally I follow the 1-stop per 10-years of expiry rule of thumb, but I’ve heard that E6 film works differently to colour negative film in this regard, so I decided to shoot it at 80asa. My mistake here was that I’d forgotten I was shooting a roll of E200S, and not E100, so I was in actual fact over-exposing the roll by more than a full stop. Thankfully, this worked out ok and probably produced better results than my original idea.

Bridge to the dam wall

When I received the developed transparencies there was still a noticeable purple cast when I scanned them, but colour correction in the scanning software, plus some further work in Lightroom managed to remove the bulk of this. There’s still a hint of purple to the results, and the deep shadow areas have a little purple speckling, but it’s barely noticeable when compared to the first roll I shot through the Holga. On the whole I’m really pleased with the results I got and it’s encouraged me to shoot some more of the E6 film I have in the fridge.

The three shots here were hand-held.

Rhododendrons by the reservoir

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektachrome E200S (expired 2003).

Taken on 22 June 2020

4 thoughts on “Surprisingly nice expired Ektachrome from 2003

  1. I’ve got some Elite Chrome 100 in my film stash that expired in 2003 and was supposedly stored frozen since purchased new by the original owner. I haven’t shot any of it yet, but your results here make me hopeful. It’s a shame there are so few slide stocks available today, and that the ones that do exist are so ridiculously overpriced.

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