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Old 10-12-2011   #1
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Hello!

I recently picked up analog photography as a hobby beside my heavy DSLR, and I'm very happy with my dad's old and light OM-2. I have got excellent results with TX400 and HC-110, and the scans are terrific.

Now I discovered two rolls of Agfa CT Precisa 100 slide film in my parent's fridge where it has been for more than a decade. The film expired in 2003 but has been in stored at +8C all the time.

I'm not afraid of using these rolls as "creative" or lomo film, so color shifts and contrast loss aside, what should I remember when shooting? My first question is about film speed, should I down-rate them to 50 ASA?

The film will be developed at a professional lab (Startsida | Crimson) , should I give them special instructions? Should I try cross-processing?

Happy for answers!

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I would start out by shooting one roll at the rated iso and process normally. Based on how that comes out you can adjust for the other rolls.
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I thought of that myself, too. However, I only have two rolls, so there won't be much to gain by doing that. Does anyone else have experience with this?
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Freezing film pauses expiration? Please let me know because that is awesome info. No joke.
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Freezing film pauses expiration? Please let me know because that is awesome info. No joke.
That's a technique which film photographers have been using since before the great flood.

It doesn't prevent deterioration altogether, but it can extend the film's useful life by several years.
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Kept continuously frozen film will last for decades, kept refrigerated it will last for years. However, repeated thawing and recooling can be worse than just leaving it at room temperture.
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I've had some Kodak Ektachrome in the fridge since 1994 that I use occasionally, and it still works fine processed normally. It has been refrigerated, not frozen, for over 15 years. I'd shoot and process it normally and see what you get.

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