Expired Kodak Gold in Elan IIe


The dinghy picture above is one of my favourites of the past few years – I ran a black and white version on my blog a few weeks ago in a post called Tender.  On balance I think I prefer the black and white, though either will do – this one has that sepia tone feel that sometimes works well. As with yesterday’s post I have culled good shots from this roll for my blog while dealing with work pressures. Other images from this roll can be found at this link  and the rest below.

I found the Canon Elan IIe in a thrift shop, with kit lens, camera case, working battery and a roll of Kodak Gold 400. So of course I ran that roll of film through the camera as a test, which is what we are looking at here.  As you can see the film was exceptionally grainy with high contrast. Grainy in a way that typically ruins a photo, but I got lucky with a few that work well with the grain. It was bloody difficult to scan as well. I have now shot 5 rolls of film through the IIe and it performs beautifully. The second roll appeared out of sequence in yesterday’s post with my first roll of Rollei CR200. A couple of other rolls were publicity shots for the band my son plays in – sometime I will be allowed to share those here too, once the new CD is released.

The more used film I shoot the more I firmly I conclude that consumer grade Kodak colour print films are prone to degrade horribly in short order. The funkiest colour print film I have used is pretty much all expired Kodak. The comparable Fuji films seem to keep their act together much better. I wonder if anyone else has this experience or if it is just chance.


As I was loading the Elan IIe, the door latch broke, which is a common problem with these cameras, so gaffer tape has been the solution since then. I very much like this camera, but kind of knew I would as the similar Canon Elan 7N has become a favourite. I like it enough to track down a new latch for the door, and a spare latch too since the 7N has the same problem. The latches are becoming very hard to track down as Canon no longer produces them. The ones I found each cost about what I paid for the cameras, but will be worth it to not have to fiddle with tape once I get it installed, and having a backup. It looks like they are relatively easy to replace so when I have a bit of time, will do so. In the mean time a Canon Elan II body has fallen in my lap for next to nothing, and then I found a Canon EOS3 for a very reasonable price, which is an upgrade. So I have some camera testing to do once my time frees up.  One reason I like these cameras is that I have a Canon full frame DSLR and it is great to be able to use the same lenses. I can pack a bag for a work trip that requires the DSLR and include a film body or two and lenses of choice and still have a pretty compact kit. I use quite a few legacy lenses adapted for EOS; Takumars in particular, but also Nikon and miscellaneous others.

Today’s pictures are taken entirely with a Canon EF 50/1.4 lens. I find it a good place to start when testing cameras, I know what I am getting with it as I have used it a lot on the DSLR.



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2016-10: Canon Elan IIe, EF 50/1.4 lens, expired Kodak Gold 400






7 thoughts on “Expired Kodak Gold in Elan IIe

  1. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    Here is my week 10 post from the 52Rolls project which features a roll that I have dipped into the past few weeks for posts here at my daily photo blog. I tried to keep some good ones aside for 52 Rolls, so click the link and check them out!


    • Thanks for that information – it has to be a coincidence since when I looked the business up just now it turns out to be a vehicle mechanic. But all that corrugated steel on the outside of the building sure goes well with the textiles reference. Thanks!


  2. I have only shot a few rolls of expired Kodaki but agree it seems to get really grainy in a hurry. I have more experience with expired Fuji and agree that the color and grain seem to hold up well over time. Not exactly a scientific survey, but at least two photographers who agree 🙂


    • Thanks mombam – great to have that input. It is something to know and can be used to good effect I think. Such as looking for scenes that might do well in a gritty black and white. I don’t mind shooting colour film with the intention of a black and white conversion after scanning, and this is film that can respond well to that treatment.

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