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Old Film

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Robert P, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Robert P

    Robert P New Member

    Hi all, this is my first post and a question already :)

    I recently received a camera a friend of mine purchased on a car boot, a 1960's Ilford Sporti. Inside it was a roll of 120 with Shell branding, I guess dating from the 1960's, with 7 frames exposed.

    My question is could there be any possibility an image has survived on the film for that length of time, and if so can I develop this film in C41 chemistry? I know it will probably be heavily degraded but just thought it might be worth a shot.

    The camera works fine by the way...

    If anyone knows anything about this film and could advise that would be great.



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  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    There may still be something there, time will have degraded it though. I take it you have wound the film through and sealed it. I know nothing about the film, if it is from the '60s it will not be C41 process, it may be possible to process it as black & white, there are a small number of companies do handle this kind of work. If it is later it may be C41, it is usually marked somewhere.
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I can't find anything about the film, but that address for their processing service is that of Dixon's Photo Trade Processing Ltd.
  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    C41 came in in, I think, 1974, so it will probably be the older C22 process (found a roll of C41 in a No 0 Box Brownie once - so used within my lifetime!).

    There are firms who will develop, but at considerable cost and you may have a long delay as they save up films until they have enough to be worth doing the chemicals for. You can develop in B&W chemistry - it will come out looking as though it's been stewed in old tea but should be scannable if there is anything on it still.

  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

  6. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    A search of the web for "found film developing" brings up dozens of interesting sites.
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

  8. Robert P

    Robert P New Member

    Thanks for all the replies and advice guys, I haven't done anything with it yet, looking around it seems Kodak HC110 is the preferred b&w developer for this type of film. I'll get hold of some and give it a try, I will of course post the results (if any) up here for you to see:)

    Thanks again,


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