Old film processed!

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  1. Ugg10

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    My son asked if he could have a go at film photography, so I dug out an old Minolta Rivas compact, my dads (point and shoot) old Pentax p30 with lens (fully manual) and my old eos600 with sigma 28-80 (semi manual if using green square setting). Anyway he and his girlfriend got a new film and battery for the canon, took some photos that came out pretty well. The minolta already had a film in it so I suggested they use that up with no expectations if it would come out.

    To our surprise not only did the camera work well, the film developed ok, including some pictures of my son aged about 7, he is now 21! These included him in fancy dress for world book day and Australia Day at school and his first scouts uniform, what a treat.

    So, the film had been in the camera half exposed for close on 15 years and was still fine. Amazing technology.

    And the look of the old film, even when scanned in, is still very appealing.
     
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    Sooooooo............................. ? :devil:
     
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    Oh I bet he loved seeing himself aged 7 in fancy dress :laugh:
     
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    The funniest thing is that for world book day he went a Captain Jack Sparrow, until I pointed out that Pirates of the Caribbean was never a book and was based on a Disney World ride and that the film was a certificate 12 and he was only 7. He obviously then went just as a pirate !
     
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    Certainly B&W exposed film should remain good for a while, with Colour neg/pos somewhat less-so. However, 15yrs does seem exceptional considering your temperatures.

    Is yr son developing the film himself? -( that wasn't clear.) Yet I wonder soon if anyone will be able to do this, other that for "Specialist" or Photo-Museums.
    Everywhere I go it's all gone digital. As did I, when sensors were above snap-resolution.... about 5Mpx, say.

    Somewhat sadly ( Memory Lane ), I still have a darkroom, with enlarger 120 (8-on) and 35mm changeover. I almost broke it for the condenser lens assemblies; but then by chance someone gave me a bag of lenses - with several 4" dia optical glass - these are too small for visual magnifiers (er, IMHO), but may become part of a Spot/Flood light, using power LED-chip ( like 50Watt ).

    I have some "old" acetic acid ( =Stop-Bath) a which needs returning from crystalline; plus both Dev and Fix dry-chemicals ( liquid Dev would have gone off years ago)...but it may be my Grandchildren that discover them, along with some 35mm bulk-film ( is it still available fresh?).... still kept in the refrigerator vegetable drawer ( where I keep primary batteries, also).
    My other darkroom with built-in lighting circuits...never used. Is now slowly being converted to electronics use, with LED lights and similar.
    In the winter I have series-connected Halogens ( 400+400W) to give instant heat, but the winter weather in the UK has stopped me using it. Meanwhile I trawl thro the PC to finalise my Stock-Lists, so all the resistors are in easy access, along with capacitors and IC... all bought for "Projects" that have yet to see the light of day.



    Which rather comes back to those old pictures... +Yr son should be thrilled.
     
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    He sent them away for processing which included scanning the negs.
     

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