Roll 2 – Very expired gifted Ektachrome, a test.

Fellow 52roller Graham was kind enough to gift me some films recently, one of which was a reel of Ektachrome 200, expired in 1990, still sealed in the can.

Not knowing much about this film, I did a little research on the web, and after loading it into my Watson bulk loader, my first, I put about 20 frames into an empty cassette, and labeled it as 50asa. I only had a couple of hours free time last weekend, don’t ask, so I grabbed my old Nikon F2, the recently repaired Tamron 24mm f2.5, a polarizer, and headed out while the clouds were still visible.

The mighty F2

The mighty F2

I wasn’t entirely sure if 50asa was lower enough, given the age of the film, as well as not knowing how it has been stored, but thought that might be a good starting point. I developed in my usual Jobo/ColorTec/Tetenal Press Kit C-41 kit, in which I gave it just a little extra time in the developer, maybe 15-20 seconds more than the usual 3:30. The film came out really dark, almost so much so it was hard to cut between the frames for sleeving. I scanned it two ways, first with no correction, only levels, second, with full auto exposure.

This first frame is raw, no color correction whatsoever. This is pretty ugly…I don’t care for it at all. Not a pleasing or interesting color shift, just gross, in my opinion.

Fire Lane (no correction)

Fire Lane (no correction)

The second, the same frame as the first, as well as all of the others, are from scans using auto correction, as well as slight level adjustments.

Fire Lane (auto correction)

Fire Lane (auto correction)

Not sure if I need to shoot again at a lower ASA, or develop the film longer, I suspect both. Honestly, I’m not in a hurry to try this film again, but I will, soon enough. I think, sadly, it just might be too old at this point to be viable.

Main Street

Main Street

Main Street 2

Main Street 2

Standpipe

Standpipe

Williams Towers

Williams Towers

BOK Tower

BOK Tower

12 thoughts on “Roll 2 – Very expired gifted Ektachrome, a test.

  1. It looks better than my results. Try shooting a roll with progressively slower settings. If you arent going to mess with it, send it to another 52 roller, maybe they will do the same and everyone gets a turn?

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    • My next attempt will be 25ASA, or maybe slower. There is an awful lot of it. I may spool some up and give it away eventually.

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  2. Looks interesting..
    What you should try is rating it around 25-50EI and put it through as E6 reversal with The Darkroom or Dwaynes.
    At least 3-4 rolls of the stuff I’d do that, for one simple reason. TO see how the reversal works.
    I have shot 1983 expired E100G at 25-50EI (to compensate) and the results were really nice.
    Thinner than I would normally have liked, but aside from that it was just lower in contrast.

    The worst part is that Colour films never age as nicely as their B&W counterparts.. Dye coupler layers don’t last as long as silver sensitivity..

    However, looks like a fun experience!

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  3. I really like the shots of Main Street & the tall buildings. Maybe the color isn’t how it would have looked if the film was fresh, but they are very striking (to me).

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