Judging age of unshot Kodachrome 64 film

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by steve g, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. Hey everyone. Got a friend who had a camera bag of goodies passed
    down to him by his parents. In it he found several Minoltas (ST101,
    ST201, ST202 I believe..) and some lenses. He also found some
    Kodachrome 64. It was just the cassettes and the canisters, no boxes.
    Is there any easy way for me to judge the vintage of this film? I
    figure if its 5-10 years old, its probably still shootable cuz its
    Kodachrome and only 64 speed. I can post pictures of the cassettes if
    it would help. If you could point me in the direction of pictures of
    cassettes of different vintages, that would be great too. thanks
  2. Post pictures of the cassettes. Kodak changed the graphics on K-64 over the years and
    someone here will possibly be able to give you a rough idea of the age of the film.
  3. Kodachrome-X was asa 64 in the 1960's and early 1970's; the older K-12 process. Kodachrome 64 came out in the 1970's; the current k-14 process. Yours is abit newer; for it has a "DX" marking on the cassette; ie the DX system of allowing a camera to know the asa/iso of the film in usage. Does it have the DX code/metal rectangles?
  4. Yes it does, and a barcode.
  5. Here I have Kodak literature from 1989 that goes into the "DX coding system"; and some older DX specs from 1984 when it about was being introduced. Hopefulling your film is from the 1990's!
  6. I have a roll just like that (on my "trophy" shelf) which expired in 1998. Although I am no expert at dating Kodachrome, I belive that it dates from the early to mid 90's. DXn is the latest technology. If it has a barcode and a six digit number underneath near the felt lip, you have the latest DX version.

    Robert Johnson
  7. Not absolutely sure about this, but I think that by 1997 the lettering had changed from italic to roman and the word "Select" appeared on the canister.

    How valueless is your time? I would bin it.
  8. I would shoot it and see what you get, drop it off at a walmart, they mail it out to the same place that all the other folks do for KodaChrome, and its not that expensive ($4.88 mounted or something like that) worth at least making a few slides for old time sake.
  9. If you are really curious, go ahead and shoot a roll and get it processed. I wouldn't use expired K-64 for images I cared about unless I knew it had been in the freezer. At room temperature, it tends to shift magenta with age.

    If your friend wants to sell any of those cameras or lenses, let me know.

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