I recently bought a new Olympus Infinity Jr. that needed to be tested, and thought I’d use this as an opportunity to use up some of the old, heavily expired film in my freezer. I am unsure of how old this film was or how it was stored, but based on some of the other film it came with, I would guess it expired around 2002-2004. With film of that age, especially color film, it is best to overexpose by at least a stop, but with automatic cameras, you cant control the exposure, so you have to make up for the lost sensitivity some other way. Some people do this by hacking the dx code, but to me, the most straightforward way of compensating is to push the film in development. Not only does this compensate for the underexposure of the expired film, but it also gives the image some extra contrast and “pop” that it can need when the film base is fogged from bad storage. So thats what I did. I tried this with 2 different film stocks, Kodak Gold, and Fuji Super HQ 200(which I believe is similar to C200). Unfortunately this camera had a problem that caused it to reset every 3 frames or so, and wind on 3 frames worth of film each time it did, so out of the two 24 exposure rolls, i got maybe 15 photographs or so, so I don’t have that many pictures to work with. That being said, here are a few!
Fuji Super HQ 200
The fuji super hq did fairly ok. The film base was a little bit faded, but that aside, it held its contrast and colors very well, and the results were surprisingly similar to something you would get out of fresh C200 today. That being said, C200 is one of my least favorite film stocks, and the results were just ok. These rolls were mostly shot out of my car, mainly to test the Olympus Infinity JR’s autofocus speed and accuracy, which was very good, and surprisingly, almost instantaneous! If you are looking for a cheap point and shoot for street photography, this one would do very well. Even when you press the shutter without waiting to acquire focus, it is almost always spot on.
Kodak Gold 200
When I first took this film out of the developing tank, I was disappointed to see a strange greenish tinge to the film base, which I believe to be from bad storage. Surprisingly though, the scans look great! The colors are much more pleasing to my eye than the fuji, and it has nice, strong contrast. I wouldn’t hesitate to push this film again, and I’m sure it would look even better with fresh film.