Super-XX expiry

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by zamir|1, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. I have the option of buying some Super-XX film that expired in 1985. How much
    would this film have deteriorated by now? It was stored in a cool environment
    for the entire time. Would it still be worthwhile to purchase this film in the
    4x5 size or would the outdatedness completely ruin all of the good points of
    Super-XX film. Thanks.
     
  2. pvp

    pvp

    I think I remember hearing somewhere, that high speed films deteriorate faster, too. So I wouldn't pay very much for film that's 20+ years past its date. Might be fun for the right price.
     
  3. How the film was stored will have affected its condition. There will be some base fog, no matter what. Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee stil use Super-XX, why not have a look at michaelandpaula.com and ask them?
     
  4. I had someone on here be nice and give me some negs of this film. It was dated from the 70s I was told, maybe mid 80s. Anyway it was kept frozen the whole time and I got usable results from it shot at 100ISO. It still may be usable. What is for sure is this film is unique.
     
  5. Even when new it was grainy, and a rather ugly grain pattern at that. Tri-X wasn't much faster, but it was a big improvement in the quality of negative and print it produced. I'd pass on Super XX, even if it was new.
     
  6. As long as the film is still in a sealed foil pouch inside the box, then you should get
    acceptable results. If you are contact printing, the grain is of no concern. SuperXX has
    very nice tones. I recently opened a package of 11x14 superXX from 1982, and it is just
    fine. I use HC-110b in trays for that size. Kodaks HC-110 developer is known as a very
    clean working developer that minimizes age fog.
     

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