I Have Expired Film…Do I Need Your Service?

As a rule of thumb…

  • Color film that is less than 5 years past its process-before date and has not been stored in excessive heat: you should be able to drop off any local photo finishers with a good reputation and get good to acceptable results.
  • Color film 5 to 10 years beyond the process-before date that has not been stored in excessive heat: if it is important to you, then send it to us. If you are simply curious what is on the film, normal processing will likely give you fully recognizable though possibly poor quality images.
  • B&W film in cassettes (126/35mm) approximately 20 years beyond its “process before” date would best be sent to us or someone with an understanding of how to process a film to its highest possible contrast.
  • B&W roll film (120/620) approximately 30 years beyond its “process before” date would best be sent to us or someone with an understanding of how to process a film to its highest possible contrast.
  • Color film that has been in excessive heat over an extended period (i.e. a film left in a car parked outside for an entire summer season): if it is important to you, then send it to us. If you are simply curious what is on the film, normal processing will likely give you recognizable though poor quality images.