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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Kodak Professional Portra 400BW - Expired

On a recent walk around Princeton University, I exposed an expired Kodak Portra 400 BW 35mm film cartridge.

Kodak Professional Portra 400BW was a multi-purpose chromogenic black and white negative film designed to be processed in standard C-41 chemistry alongside rolls of colour  negative film and printed on standard colour paper. It was developed like a colour-negative film in the C-41 process and delivered monochrome images like a black-and-white film. The film was intended for exposure with daylight, electronic flash, and artificial illumination.

Kodak Professional Portra 400BWW was a versatile film for 35mm and medium format cameras. It was made with a Kodak T-Grain emulsion and had a wide exposure latitude. Production of the Kodak Portra 400BW was discontinued and replaced with Kodak Professional BW400CN, which was also discontinued. This film incorporated Kodak T-GRAIN® emulsions, which provided excellent grain and sharpness at a relatively high speed. This film was used for portrait and wedding applications and many commercial applications.

I awoke on Monday morning feeling out of sorts. Not physically but emotionally. I was conflicted about a difficult decision I had to make. I needed to clear my head. It was Presidents Day's federal banking holiday, so I had the day off. After breakfast, I grabbed my Minolta X-700, MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 lens and loaded an expired roll of Kodak Professional Portra 400BWW from the box of expired 35mm film that my friend had sent me. I mounted the setup to my Manfrotto tripod. It was an overcast morning, and I wanted to ensure I could expose frames at a lower shutter speed if needed. I tried to avoid motion blur.

As I walked around the Princeton University campus, I became more relaxed. The air was cool, but I was comfortable. It was still early, and the campus was coming alive. I focused on bicycles. They are easy to find on campus. I walked west of Olden Street near the School of Engineering and Applied Science on Shapiro Walk. Shapiro Walk took me to the Fountain of Freedom.

I exposed several frames to photograph the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, formerly the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Foreign Policy magazine ranks the Princeton School second in the world for international relations at the undergraduate level behind Harvard University and fourth at the graduate level, behind the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University.

I exposed this 35mm roll of Kodak Portra 400BW at box speed. The scans exhibit a lot of chunky film grain. I think this is because I did not expose the film correctly. I had not yet learned about the "overexpose by one stop for each decade the film has expired" rule. I should have exposed the film at ISO 50, thereby overexposing each frame to adjust for the age of the film.

The film cartridge was developed at Boutique Photo Lab and scanned on my Epson Perfection V600 with VueScan 9. I made some minor cropping and perspective adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.

Name Kodak Professional Portra 400BW
Format 35mm
Features chromogenic black and white negative
Native ISO 400
Price FREE
Exposed ISO 400
Lab Boutique Film Lab
Process C41
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom
Garfield Way · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Princeton University · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Belle Mara · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Belle Mara · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400
Belle Mara · Monday 20 February 2023 · Minolta X-700 · MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm F2.8 · ISO 400

Kodak Professional BW400CN - Expired

Exposing an expired roll of 35m film is like playing the lottery; you most often lose, but when you win, it's exhilarating.

A friend gave me a few rolls of expired 35mm film cartridges in a box. In the box was a Kodak BW400CN cartridge.

Kodak Professional BW400CN was a chromogenic black-and-white 35mm film with an ISO rating of 400. The film used colour dyes to produce a black-and-white image and was designed to be processed in standard C-41 colour-negative chemistry. This means that it could be developed using the same process as colour-negative films, making it more accessible to photographers who did not have access to traditional black-and-white processing facilities.

The 35mm film was versatile, creating sharp, fine-grained images, making it suitable for various shooting conditions and styles, from landscapes to portraiture.

Kodak Professional BW400CN film had a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400, making it a versatile choice for various lighting conditions. It was known for its fine grain and smooth tonal gradations, which produced images with excellent detail and contrast. The film also had a broad exposure latitude, meaning it could capture a wide range of tones in bright and shadow areas.

One of the benefits of using Kodak Professional BW400CN was that it could be scanned and printed using standard colour printing processes. This made it an attractive option for photographers who preferred to work digitally or who wanted to make prints using traditional colour printing services. It was popular among photographers who wished for a black-and-white film's look-and-feel without needing specialised processing equipment. Kodak Professional BW400CN was the successor to Kodak Professional Portra 400BW.

Exposing an expired roll of 35mm film can result in unpredictable results, as the film's sensitivity to light may have degraded over time. 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. Expired film can be more prone to graininess and other anomalies. I set realistic expectations and was open to the possibility of unexpected results.

I waited for a sunny day to ensure I had opportunities to test the film in various lighting and see how it performed. On a cold day in February, I grabbed my camera, set the ISO to 80, inserted a roll of Kodak BW400CN, and drove to Princeton University. I did my best to take notes, but I expected the worst. Exposing an expired roll of 35m film is like playing the lottery; you most often lose, but when you win, it's exhilarating. When I sent the cartridge to Boutique Film Lab, I expected that I might be wasting $14.

I parked the car on campus and started walking toward the Firestone Library. The air was colder than I expected. I checked the weather app on my iPhone. The outdoor temperature was about 0ºC. There was a strong breeze. I walked for about twenty minutes before I started to lose feeling in my fingers. I exposed a few frames near the John Witherspoon Statue and the Firestone Library before turning around and heading back home.

John Witherspoon was a Scottish-American Presbyterian minister and a Founding Father of the United States. He was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence and served as the sixth president of the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University.

I had a scheduled haircut on Friday afternoon at Revival Barber Shop in Hillsborough. Since we now have only one car, I dropped Bhavna off at work and kept the car. I used the opportunity to expose a few more frames outside her office complex. The orange American muscle car was the main attraction.

The next day, Bhavna, Shaan and I stopped at Flounder to try some of their new ales. I exposed two frames inside the brewery under challenging lighting conditions. The brewery was poorly lit, and at ISO 80, shooting indoors was challenging. After a few half-pints, we put returned home. I put the camera away and didn’t pick it up again until later in the week.

I mentioned it before. While 36-exposure 35mm film cartridges are more economical, I prefer the 24-exposure film cartridge. After about 24 frames, I am anxious to finish the film, and I often rush "to get it over with", exposing the last frames for the 36-exposure cartridge without much thought. In this case, I completed the cartridge, photographing subjects inside my home and on the street outside.

I am delighted with the results from the expired 36-exposure cartridge of Kodak Professional BW400CN. I have a few more, but I want to be patient and exposed when I have more interesting subject matter. That means waiting for another sunny day.

Name Kodak Professional BW400CN
Format 35mm
Features chromogenic black and white negative
Native ISO 400
Price FREE
Exposed ISO 100
Lab Boutique Film Lab
Process C41
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software VueScan 9, Negative Lab Pro, Adobe Lightroom
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 4 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Sunday 5 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Sunday 5 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Friday 10 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80
Saturday 11 February 2023 · Minolta XD-11 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 · ISO 80