Fujicolor Super HG 1600 - Expired

Up until now, I have never used Fujicolor Super HG 1600. In my college photography days and later, I tended to expose film at ISO 200 or lower. If I remember correctly, high-speed films were expensive. I found a roll of Fujicolor Super HG 1600 in the box of expired 35mm film gifted to me. My success bolstered my confidence with a 35mm cartridge of expired Fujichrome PROVIA 400F. On a rainy day, I loaded an expired roll of Fujicolor Super HG 1600 and drove around a neighbourhood loop, trying to calm my nerves.

Fujicolor Super HG 1600 was a colour 35mm negative film manufactured by Fujifilm. It was designed for use in low-light conditions and situations requiring high shutter speeds. The film had an ASA rating of 1600, which made it highly sensitive to light and ideal for capturing fast-moving subjects with minimal blur. I estimated that the expired Fujicolor Super HG 1600 roll was 20 years old, so I exposed the film at ASA 400, one-stop every ten years past the expiration date.

Despite its high sensitivity, Fujicolor Super HG 1600 had a fine grain structure, which allowed for sharp and detailed images. The film had a wide exposure latitude, which means it could handle overexposure and underexposure well, providing flexibility in difficult lighting conditions. The film was known for its natural colour reproduction, with accurate and vivid colours that are true to life. Fujicolor Super HG 1600 had high contrast, which helped enhance the details and textures in images.

Its ability to handle various exposure settings and its natural colour reproduction made it a popular choice among professionals and hobbyists. I loaded the Fujicolor Super HG 1600 cartridge into my Minolta X-700. The cartridge was listed as having only 12 frames, but I got 14. This is the first time I have exposed a roll of 35mm film with less than 24 frames.

The film was developed at Boutique Film Lab and scanned using my standard 35mm film scanning workflow. The results were better than I achieved with expired Fujichrome PROVIA 400F. There is a lot more grain, and the scans were underexposed. Would I have achieved better results had I overexposed at ASA 200? Is the film grain normal for ASA 1600 film? I’m not sure. Based on my experience so far, expired ASA 400 has provided the best results.
What do you think?

Name Fujicolor Super HG 1600
Format 35mm
Features Fine grain.Natural colour reproduction. High contrast
Native ISO 1600
Price FREE
Exposed ISO 400
Lab Boutique Film Lab
Process C41
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom
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Kodachrome 25 - Expired

I received a few rolls of expired 35mm film cartridges in a box from a stranger in Lewes, Delaware. In the box were a few 35mm cartridges of Kodachrome 25 that had expired in 1988.

Kodak Kodachrome 25 was a popular 35mm colour reversal film produced by Kodak from 1935 until it was discontinued in 2009. Dwayne's Photo processed the last roll of Kodachrome film in Parsons, Kansas, on December 30, 2010. They officially closed their doors in December 2011, marking the end of an era for this iconic film stock. Despite the discontinuation of Kodachrome film, its legacy inspires photographers and fans worldwide. Its iconic look continues to be sought after by those who appreciate its unique colour palette and nostalgic feel. The last roll of Kodachrome manufactured was given to renowned National Geographic photojournalist Steve McCurry.

Kodachrome is so iconic, so famous, that Hollywood made a fictionalised movie about the last roll of Kodachrome.

Heck, Paul Simon wrote a song about Kodachrome. Kodachrome is the most famous film product ever.

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s
A sunny day, oh yeah

I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away

I received a few rolls of expired 35mm film cartridges in a box from a family friend in Lewes, Delaware. In the box were several 35mm cartridges of Kodachrome 25 that had expired in 1988. Coincidentally in 1989 I exposed a single roll of Kodachrome 64, the only Kodachrome film roll I have ever used. At least, it's the only Kodachrome slides I found in a box of my old images.

When exposed, an expired roll of Kodachrome 25 film will have decreased sensitivity to light, often resulting in underexposure when exposed at native ISO. The film's colour dyes will have also degraded over time, leading to colour balance and saturation shifts. Exposing an expired roll of 35mm film will result in unpredictable results, as the film's sensitivity to light will have degraded over time. Expired film will be more prone to graininess and other anomalies. I read on the Internet that to ensure the best possible outcome, it is recommended to overexpose the film by 1 to 2 stops to compensate for its decreased sensitivity.

Despite these potential challenges, I wanted to expose the expired Kodachrome 25 film cartridge. Perhaps I would enjoy whatever result I would get. I set realistic expectations and was open to the possibility of unexpected results.

Kodachrome was known for its vibrant, saturated colours and fine-grain structure. Kodachrome 25 had an ISO rating of 25, making it well-suited for bright, outdoor shooting conditions. I waited for a sunny summer day to ensure I had opportunities to test the film in various lighting and see how it performed. I grabbed my camera, set the ISO to ASA 12, inserted a roll of Kodachrome 25, grabbed my tripod and drove to Princeton University. I did my best to take notes, but I expected the worst. I exposed most of the frames during a visit to my favourite tavern.

Since Kodachrome can no longer be developed as a colour reversal film, I searched the Internet for answers about what to do with my exposed roll of film. I stumbled upon a few references to developing the film as black and white. My internet search suggested that the most recommended place to process my expired roll of Kodakcgrome 25 in black and white seemed to be Film Rescue International. I also found out about Kelly-Shane Fuller, who had found a way to develop Kodachrome into a colour negative. His work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions, and he won numerous awards for his photography. He has created a process to develop Kodachrome into a colour negative. I also contacted Boutique Film Lab, the lab I have used for almost all my film development over the last few years. Boutique Film Lab confirmed they could develop Kodachrome 25 as a black-and-white film.

I rolled the dice and developed my film with Boutique Film Lab. When I sent the roll to Boutique Film Lab, I accepted that I might be wasting money.

I should have exposed the Kodachrome 25 cartridge at ISO 6; ISO 12 was insufficient. The film was so severely underexposed that the Epson Perfection V600 struggled to find the frame border during the scan preview. I manually adjusted the scanner for each frame. After scanning, I followed my usual 35mm scan workflow, importing and running the scans through Negative Lab Pro. I knew I had failed as the images appeared on my Mac Studio Display.

The frames were very dark and underexposed. I did my best to fix things in Adobe Lightroom, but the best I could do was make the image recognisable.

I don't fault Boutique Film Lab. Either the film was unusable, or I needed to expose it properly. I have about five more rolls of Kodachrome 25. I need to find out how the cartridges were stored. I am to use the remaining cartridges.

Name Kodachrome 25
Format 35mm
Film Code Number 5073
Film Code Name KM
Process K-14
Native ISO ASA 25
Features saturated colours and fine-grain structure
Price FREE
Lab Boutique Film Lab
Exposed ISO ASA 12
Lab Process Black and White
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12
Sunday 29 January 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 12

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired

A long-expired cartridge of Fujichrome PROVIA 400F 35mm film delivers nostalgic, surprisingly usable photos.

One of the first rolls of film I exposed from the box of expired 35mm film I received last year is a 36-exposure cartridge of Fujichrome PROVIA 400F Professional [RHP III]. Fujichrome PROVIA 400F was a high-quality colour reversal film manufactured by Fujifilm. It was known for its excellent colour reproduction, fine grain, and sharpness, making it a popular choice among professional photographers. With a sensitivity of ISO 400, this film was ideal for shooting in low light conditions or for capturing fast-moving subjects. The film's advanced emulsion technology was known to produce vibrant colours and accurate skin tones, making it a popular choice for fashion and advertising photography. I did not know what to expect from a 10-year-old cartridge.

I didn't think much about what it means to expose expired 35mm film. My first, second and third attempts at using expired film stock could have been better. I loaded the cartridge in my Pentax P3n, and despite the cold weather, I hopped on my e-bike and headed off to Rocky Hill, a nearby borough in New Jersey.

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2

The sun shone brightly overhead, but I could still feel the cold as I set off on Salisbury Road towards the western end of Blue Spring Road. It was still early morning as I pedalled through the quiet residential streets of my neighbourhood. Just before entering the borough of Rocky Hill, I stopped on Princeton Avenue to expose a few frames before continuing along the more scenic route, passing through Van Horne Park.

Rocky Hill was incorporated in 1890 and had a rich history dating back to the colonial era. It was an important transportation hub during the Revolutionary War and was once home to the Van Horne estate, now a public park. Van Horne Park offers a variety of amenities, such as walking paths, playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic areas.

Today, Rocky Hill is a quiet residential community with a small-town feel. It has a few local businesses, including a general store, a post office, and a few restaurants.

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2
Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2
Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2

After leaving the park, I continued along Washington Road, a long stretch of a historic route that cuts through the heart of Rocky Hill. One of the most distinctive features of Washington Road is its historic homes and buildings. Many houses along the street were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and have been preserved as part of Rocky Hill's history. Some of the most notable buildings along Washington Road include the historic Rocky Hill Inn, which dates back to the early 1700s and now operates as a restaurant, and the Rocky Hill Schoolhouse, which was built in 1865 and is now home to the Rocky Hill Historical Society.

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2
Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2
Rocky Hill Inn · Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2

Originally built as a private residence, the Rocky Hill Inn building was converted into a tavern in the 1800s and has since operated as an American gastropub. The inn has been beautifully restored and retains many original features, including wide-plank flooring and exposed brick walls. It is a popular spot for locals, offering a cosy rural, small-town atmosphere, delicious food (my favourite is Fish n’ Chips with a crisp pilsner), and a wide selection of beer and wine.

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2

I turned off Washington Road, arriving at Crescent Avenue, a quiet road I often photograph due to its tree-lined sidewalks and charming historic homes. Many houses on the street were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and have been carefully preserved. The homes' architecture varies, ranging from Victorian and colonial-style homes to more modern designs.

Crescent Avenue turns into River Road at the southeastern border with Montgomery Township. River Road head south toward the historic town of Kingston. It connects to the other end of Blue Spring Road in a loop that takes me back toward my home.

Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2
Fujichrome PROVIA 400F - Expired · Wednesday 14 December 2022 · Pentax P3n · SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2

I think the opportunity to take photographs with expired 35mm film was a unique touch of nostalgia and vintage charm.

I exposed the Fujichrome PROVIA 400F at box speed. After I sent the film off for development, I read that the wisdom on the web is that expired film should be exposed at a lower ISO, one-stop every ten years after it expires. The film should also be pulled during development. I understand it just a bit, but I am stumped about what camera ISO or exposure compensation settings I should have used and what instructions to give the development lab.

  • Do I set the ISO dial at ISO 200 and tell the lab to pull one stop?
  • Do I set the ISO dial to 400 and the exposure compensation dial to +1 and tell the lab to pull one stop?
  • Do I set the ISO dial to 400 and the exposure compensation dial to +1 and tell the lab to develop normally?
  • Do I expose at ISO 400, EV0

It was too late to correct my potential mistake. I sent the cartridge off to Boutique Film Lab and waited. When the slides arrived, I nervously scanned them with VueScan using my Epson Perfection V600. As I watched the previews, my confidence grew. My efforts were not wasted.

I added camera and lens meta-data and imported the images to Adobe Lightroom to finalise things. I was excited when I saw that the scans produced usable photos. I was even more excited when the photos improved further when I adjusted the exposure,contrast, highlights and shadows.

I am so excited. This worked out better than I expected. While the colours are muted, almost all of the images are usable. This post includes the ones I consider the best of the 36 exposures. A few frames are underexposed, but I think that is primarily because of operator error (i.e. me). I have five more cartridges of expired Fujichrome PROVIA 400F, and I am excited to use them all.

Name Fujichrome PROVIA 400F
Format 35mm
Type Colour Reversal
Native ISO 400
Exposed ISO 400
Lab Boutique Film Labs
Process E-6
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom