I’m not a massive 35mm shooter. I don’t like handling the tiny negatives when developing or scanning, or even archiving them. I’ve got a fantastic 35mm camera though, a Minolta x700 and it does not get used that much at all. Last week I went to my first Christchurch Photography Society’s meeting and they were having a swap meet of gear. I grabbed a substantial stash of expired 35mm films. It was a bargain. I’m going to work through the film swag and see what results I get. I’ve got plans to start developing my own colour negatives too, (finally!) but that will happen once I get a decent cash injection for the additional materials outside of my black and white processing kit.
Meanwhile, here is the first roll, and it’s Kodak Kodacolor Gold 400, and expired in 1988. The box states it was the official film of the 1988 Olympics, which is kooky. Apparently when you shoot expired film one must meter the ISO in camera by a stop per decade, so for this roll rated at 400 I dropped it to 100. It did the trick and here are the results. I love the chunky grain, it looks so painterly. I love the cyan/ magenta tone shifts, and also the soft contrast plus occasional light leaks. Everything was shot at f1.7 that adds to the dreamy feeling.