After I exposed my first roll of expired 35mm film, I learned that expired film should be overexposed by one step for each decade since the film expired. Good advice.
Last summer, a box filled with rolls of expired 35mm film arrived unexpectedly at my doorstep. Months earlier, I had contacted a college friend about the camera equipment she used at my wedding. Bhavna and I didn't have money for a photographer, and our friend Traci stepped in and offered her skills. I told her I was reshooting the film, and she mentioned that her mom had some expired rolls of 35mm film that she would send me.
Even though they were expired, I was delighted and couldn't wait to see what I could do with them. I catalogued each film stock, recording the type and the quantity. I have already used some of the expired film stock with varying results. After I exposed my first roll I learned that expired film should be overexposed by one step for each decade since the film expired. I updated the table in the original post to include a column for what ASA could be used for the expired film.
I am only guessing at the expiration dates using the year the film stock was discontinued as a guide.
Released in 2021 by the New Classic Film project, EZ400 is a panchromatic black and white negative 35mm film that delivers what some describe as "retro yet sharp images".
I acquired more Minolta photographic gear during the second year of the global pandemic after buying a used X-700 and MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 lens in 2020. I bought a used Minolta XD-11, MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 lens, MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm f/2.8 lens, and other non-Minolta branded lenses. I also bought a used Pentax P3n even though I already had a working Pentax P3 from college. I convinced myself that I needed aperture priority. All of this gear worked, and I enjoyed using them. I had developed some G.A.S.
With poor judgment, I bought two used Minolta XG-1 bodies, one of which the seller told me did not work. I purchased these in person and tested the mechanicals, confirming the seller's claim. I don't remember what I paid, but it was a nominal amount, perhaps $20. One of the camera bodies has a sticky on-off switch. The other camera body had a jammed shutter curtain, but I convinced myself I could fix it.
But soon, I lost my enthusiasm for fixing them and put them on a shelf where they sat until a few weeks ago. At the beginning of the year, I decided to simplify and minimise my film photography. I sold the Pentax P3n and SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/1.8 lens. I sold it after replacing my Fujifilm XF27mmF2.8 lens with the Fujifilm XF27mmF2.8 R LM WR lens. It was time to sell the Minolta XG-1s, as is, for parts. But first, I wanted to see if I could successfully expose some frames. I loaded a New Classic EZ 400 cartridge into the Minolta XG-1 with the sticky on-off switch.
The New Classic EZ 400 is a black and white film that the Chinese company Luckyfilm manufactured for 35mm cameras. Luckyfilm has been producing photographic materials since 1958. The company produces a range of film products for both professional and amateur photographers, and their products are known for their quality and affordability. New Classic EZ 400 was hyped as a good choice for photographers who want a versatile, high-quality film that can be used in various situations.
Of the four cartridges of the New Classic EZ 400 I bought last year, I have used two and given two away. This was the last one of the four. Here's what I wrote after the first time I used New Classic EZ.
I exposed the first roll at box speed at Palmer Square and around my neighbourhood. I sent the cassette off for Boutique Film Lab to develop. Here are some frames scanned with an Epson V600 with my scanning workflow. All film frames were exposed at box speed. The results are okay, nothing spectacular. But EZ 400 is low-price and an excellent alternative black and white film to put in my Minolta. I have four more rolls of EZ400. Maybe it will grow on me.
It did not grow on me.
I'm not too fond of the strong contrast and chunky grain. I've said it before. I'm not too fond of grain. I'm not too fond of this film stock. New Classic EZ 400 is more affordable than most black and white film stock, but Kentmere 400 is just as inexpensive, and I got much better results.
I was bored. There wasn't anything on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Apple TV or Hulu or HBO Max that I wanted to watch. To distract my mind from boredom I rummage throuugh a set of negatives from my early early college days with 35mm film photography.
When I was in college, the chemistry for developing 35mm colour film was expensive. As a student on a limited budget, black and white photography was an attractive option. I had access to the darkroom at the Media Centre at Drew University spendind hours experimenting and developing Kodak Tri-X Pan, Ilford HP5 and Kodak T-Max.
Kodak T-MAX Professional is a black and white film that is for decades has been known for its high resolution, sharpness, and fine grain. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 100 or 400, making it a versatile choice for a wide range of lighting conditions.
One of the key features of T-MAX Professional is its T-Grain emulsion technology, which produces extremely fine grain and smooth tonal gradations. This makes it a popular choice among photographers who want to achieve a high level of detail and sharpness in their images.
T-MAX Professional also has a wide exposure latitude, which allows for greater flexibility in a variety of lighting conditions. It can be pushed to higher ISOs without sacrificing image quality, making it a useful tool for low-light situations or for creating dramatic effects.
In addition to its technical features, T-MAX Professional is also known for its classic black and white look, with deep blacks and bright whites that create striking contrast. It has been a popular choice among fine art photographers, as well as for documentary, portrait, and landscape photography.