I’ve discovered that some of my rolls of film are waaayy past their use-by date, sometimes by ten years or so. So now my project this year is to use all the really old films before they’re unusable. They are mostly B&W, although there is some colour slide film.
The roll of Agfa APX100 here should have been used by November 2010.
Some film forums advise shooting expired black and white film as if it were half the advertised speed to compensate for the changed film chemistry. I recently shot some seriously expired Fuji Neopan and found them to be too dark, so this makes sense. As it turns out these shots mostly came out too bright! Luckily film is fairly forgiving.
The main problem was half of the film being blank – the batteries were failing, so about every other shot the camera’s shutter didn’t open (I didn’t discover this until I got the developed negatives back). Some of the shots look a little soft, that’s a ‘feature’ of the lens on the Lomo LC-A.
Here then are a few shots of Shrewsbury.