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34 plugs and some new (old) film

I discovered that someone had a few rolls of expired film available free of charge today, so I took up their offer to take it off their hands. It involved an hour driving to the other side of the city and back during my lunch-break, but it was a nice day and good to get out of the house and away from my desk. The lady with the film told me that it had been in the fridge since it was bought and it’s only the fact that the fridge broke down that they remembered it was there. It’s been there a while as the one roll with an expiry on the packaging is dated 2005. The other two rolls are in un-dated wrappers but I’m assuming a similar vintage. Given its storage, I might even be tempted to shoot a roll at box speed to see how it fares.

The dated roll is Tudor branded 200asa colour negative with 24 exposures, Tudor being a company that re-packaged films rather than manufacturing their own I believe. I’ve not opened the box yet, but when I come to shoot it I’ll look up the DX code to see if I can find out who manufactured it originally – possibly Fuji though.

The other two rolls are Truprint FG+, another 200asa film, and again with 24 exposures. Truprint was a mail-order photo lab and rolls of their film would be supplied with the returned prints. Although I don’t know for sure, I believe that the film might be rebranded Ferrania FG+.

As I’m taking about expired film, here’s a photo made on out of date Superia 100 at the Lincoln Steam Rally three years ago. I’m not sure if there are actually 34 plugs in this tin…

FILM - Still a spark of life?

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Fuji Superia 100 (expired 2007).

Taken on 29 October 2017

11 thoughts on “34 plugs and some new (old) film

  1. I’m going to be shooting some expired but cold stored Ektachrome 200 this week. I’ll probably just shoot at box speed and see what I get, be open to “experimental” results.

    I’ve mostly given up on buying expired stock, as often it’s as much or more than fresh film. But free? That’s always good.

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    1. I’ve found that, with slide film, shooting it at box speed is a good idea. I’ve shot rolls that expired back in 10-20 years ago and they exposed perfectly at their original asa setting (although I can’t guarantee that the colours were as they would have been if it were fresh).
      And yeah, expired film on places like eBay is ridiculously priced most of the time, especially given you often have no idea how it’s been stored

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      1. I always searched for frozen or cold-stored stock. I’ve shot expired cold-stored Kodak slide film before, and liked the results. Fuji? Not so much. I found a bunch for a good price, and was disappointed with the results, so much so that I got rid of what remained.

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      2. I’ve really liked the look of the Kodak Elite Chrome I’ve shot, plus some of the now discontinued Ektachrome variants. That said, I shot some Fuji Sensia last year and that did look nice too.

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      3. I’ve learnt from experience that shooting slide film on dull days makes for disappointing pictures – for me at least. I have seen some lovely slide photos taken in poor light, but I don’t seem to have any success when I try it. So I save it for sunny days now. 🙂

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  2. Hello! Back in the 80’s I worked for a firm that used Tudor film, I suspect you will find it’s re-packaged Fuji 200! I always got good results from it- look forward to seeing your results! Cheers Ady

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