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New Results With Ancient Film

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Bear Rocks Preserve
Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia — June 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Plus-X Pan 125 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

There’s been a recent movement within the photography community to buy and use expired film, and in some cases — very old expired film.  This is an example of that, for this film was 27-years-old when I exposed it two years ago.  Just look at it — it’s phenomenal!  I was expecting it to deliver substandard results and very thin negatives, but it acted as if it was fresh film.

Buying expired film is a great way to save money, as each roll can be had for as little as $2.00 for a box of 36-exposure film.  Of course, it helps if the film was well cared for and kept in a fridge or deep freeze all that time, but still — the results can be nothing short of amazing.

And for those doubting the expiration date, below is the box that this film came from.

Expired Kodak Plus-X

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Looking east from the Eastern Continental Divide
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — April 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Kodak Plus-X + T-MAX RS (stock) 5 minutes

I’m impressed with how well this 28-year-old film has held up; the results are almost as if I had used fresh film.

Shooting With Antique Media

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Foreground study
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — April 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Kodak Plus-X + T-MAX RS (stock) 5 minutes

In this present day of digital media, how old is your photo gear?  Do you pride yourself on only shooting with the latest and greatest?  Perhaps your kit is a few years old and showing it?  Or maybe it’s well past it’s prime of five years or so and on its last legs? Continue Reading →

Nearing Sunset

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Crab pots airing out
West Ocean City, Maryland — July 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Expired Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

We have a new favorite haunt when we travel to Assateague Island National Seashore and Ocean City, Maryland… the local seafood dives in West Ocean City.  West Ocean City is the center for commercial and charter fishing in the area, and doesn’t have the intense number of tourons that choke the life out of the nearby tourist traps — plus the seafood is as fresh as can be had anywhere in the region.