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How long will exposed film retain some latent image?

How long will exposed film last if it's not developed right away?
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Orange and other artifacts in photos from film camera

I've been thinking about getting into film photography for a while, so recently I grabbed the old Olympus OM-1 from work when they were cleaning out the media cupboard, I'm only mentioned in this so ...
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What is DX film encoding?

What is "DX encoding" of roll film, such as 135 format film used in 35mm cameras? How does it work? When was it introduced? Is there anything else I need to know about using DX encoded film in a ...
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Can I use film that's 20+ years old?

I recently bought a Minolta film camera and it had some film with it. The film is dated 1991 - 1994. Can I use the film?
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Can I trick the Pentax K1000's meter to “turn off”?

The Pentax K1000 has a meter that is always on. The manual says the only way to keep the meter from draining the battery when not in use is to put a lens cap on it. However, the needle does not move ...
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What do 'glowing' and 'flat' describe in black and white photographs?

In the development of B&W film rolls, people often talk about their result being flat or glowing. What do these terms mean? I now have Tri-X 400 roll (not yet developed). How can I achieve ...
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Does film (get a chance to) degrade before sale?

I have a bit of a convoluted question, pretty much two in one. One part is about film-storage before it's sold to consumers, the other is about how susceptible film actually is to degradation. But I'...
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Does a filter exist to color-correct color negatives when copying them with a DSLR?

This question and other internet sources propose using a DSLR with a macro lens to rapidly copy negatives and slides. Copying color negatives, however, seems to be a challenge because the color tint ...
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Where can I get 4x5″, 5x7″, or 8x10″ color sheet film (or other hard-to-find exotic film) processed?

Where can I get XYZ exotic film processed? See below! Background: I've got a 4x5" view camera, and I'd like to shoot some color negatives on it, for printing in a color darkroom that I currently ...
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How to read a film color response chart?

This is partially a follow up to my first question where people provided information about color response charts. I was wondering how to read them. Take for example this one from Kodak: This image ...
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Batch processing/retouching scanned film with severe artifacts

An aunt asked me to scan some film for her (my best guess is they're 40+ years old), but my usual workflow has been challenged. Some background: I use Linux. And I have an Epson Perfection V350 ...
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What to do with an old film camera?

Over the years, I've progressively inherited 4 different cameras from my father, the last one is a DSLR, so the three others are pretty much unused now. I can't bring myself to throw them away, but I'...
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Is there a film scanner that can read the data from APS films and include it in the EXIF metadata?

I've a bunch of APS films that I'd like to scan but all the film scanners I've seen on the market today are 35mm scanners; and whilst some have little carriers to allow you to physically scan APS, ...
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What does it mean when film turns out transparent after being developed?

I had a B/W film turn out transparent after being developed. Does it mean that a) it was never exposed b) it was always overexposed or c) something went wrong during development?
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Pushing film while stand developing?

Recently, I came across an experiment stand developing Kodak Tri-X. The photographer shoots the same scene at box speed (ISO 400), 800, 1600, and 3200. The entire roll is developed in Rodinal diluted ...
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Affordable Entry Level Medium Format [closed]

I would like to do some medium format work. What is a cheap but good camera to start with. I have several 120 cameras but which would be a good camera to use
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What automatic-feed photo scanner should I use for 6″×4″ / 5″×4″ / A6 / postcard size photos?

Can you recommend an automatic document feeder (ADF) photo scanner for usual 6" x 4" / 5" x 4" / A6 / postcard size photos? I want to stack up say 25 or 30 at a time and leave it running to scan ...
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What is the white balance of film?

As opposed to digital photography, the white balance in film photography is fixed, cannot be changed easily after taking the shot and depends on the film. But what is the white balance of film? I know ...
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What film rangefinder camera can I buy for a reasonable price?

I'm interested in trying out film photography and I would also love to try out a rangefinder camera as those seem to be perfect for manual focusing in street photography. Now, of course, the ...
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What is the rationale for having less than 36 frames in a single 35mm film roll?

36 frames per roll have long been the agreed upon standard. It allows for maximum amount of frames in a canister while still having some slack for safely loading the film, as one's loading technique ...
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Am I wrong to judge my exposure using my smartphone?

Context: I recently purchased an Olympus OM-1 film camera. Upon receiving the camera, I realized the battery for the light meter was dead. I'm a (very) amateur photographer so, naturally, this is a ...
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How to proceed after having developed the negatives?

There are a lot of excellent questions (and answers!) about the process of developing (BW) film at home. I would like to try my hand at it, too. But it's not exactly clear how to proceed after ...
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Uses for cross-processing

What are the reasons to cross-process (developing C-41 film in E6 chemistry or vice versa) films? How repeatable are the results with the same film? In Flickr they all look different and you never ...
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How do I develop black and white film myself? [duplicate]

I have recently got a film SLR and I have shot a lot of pictures (say like 6 rolls in a weeks time). To develop these pictures in my area takes up to a week or two.... so what struck my head was to ...
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What is the relationship between film speed and the ISO setting on my film camera?

What is the relationship between the speed number of the film you put into your film camera and the ISO adjustable setting on the camera itself? Do you put them on the same number or do you adjust ...
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Why is the cost of film going up so fast?

Two years ago 25 sheets of Ilford Delta 100 4x5 B&W cost just over $25. My last purchase last fall it was ~$35. Now it's $46. That's a steep rise! What's driving these rising film prices and can ...
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Why does colour negative film have an orange mask?

I've noticed that developed colour negatives usually have an orange layer. Is this an artifact of an old printing process, required by the chemistry, or is there some other benefit to it?
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What is the production volume for film over the last decade?

How many rolls/sheets of film has Kodak/Fuji/the-whole-industry produced each year for the last ten years? What has the revenue been? I've tried googling for the answer but a summary of this ...
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Are old reels of film useful past their “Use By” date?

I have about seven ISO 400 reels of 36 shots each, all of which have a use-by date of sometime in 2006. Are they useless now and should I just throw them away? Or, does the Use By date not matter ...
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What are battery replacement options for the Olympus OM-1?

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful OM-1 with some lenses. The only caveat is that I don't have any batteries for it. The camera takes mercury batteries. I was wondering if there are any options to ...
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Should I store my 35mm rolls in the fridge?

I have bought a bunch of 35mm film canisters (24 and 36 exposure canisters, no bulk rolls). They are new films (Expiration date sometime in 2016), but I won't be using them all immediately. My ...
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Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?

I've a Canon 60D and I'm mainly interested in shooting landscapes. I feel very interested in buying a used canon EOS film camera (since my EF lenses are compatible). I would like to take pictures ...
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How do I correctly expose a 3200 ISO film roll on a camera that allows 1600 ISO?

I just bought a 3200 ISO film roll (ILFORD DELTA 3200), and my camera (Chinon Cm-5) allows to set films up to 1600 ISO. What can I do to expose correctly? I thought of metering at 1600 and when it's ...
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What are the results of developing slide film (E-6 process) with C41 chemicals?

I recently got hand on some rolls of 35mm slide film (Kodak Ektachrome), and was planning on developing them at home (bad experiences with photo labs). On a basis of budget, I wanted to develop them ...
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What's the difference between Kodak's film lines?

Kodak has/had a few different lines of film. To name a few: Portra, Ektar, TMax. What is the difference between these? They're made by the same company, and have overlapping ASA.
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What makes a good film camera?

I have recently become interested in film photography. For now I have borrowed a Canon EOS 500n from a friend, but I am thinking about purchasing a camera for myself soon. In digital photography I ...
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Why am I getting vertical black bands across my negatives and how can I prevent this?

Recently shot and developed two rolls of Kentmere 400 35mm b&w film, using a Minolta X-570 SLR. There are thick black bands of various sizes cutting vertically across my negatives. They seem to ...
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Does black and white film have any advantage over black and white effects in digital?

I understand that digital sensors use an RGGB layout for pixels, where 50% of the pixels are green, 25% blue, and 25% red. This means that any particular pixel is sensitive to only one particular ...
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Is it possible to reproduce a colour tone (of any photos) perfectly (by curves)?

Is it possible to mimic a colour tone perfectly? (most likely using curves.) For example, I want my photos taken by my digital camera having the colour tone of the film-photographs (let's say Velvia)....
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How to get the film or reddish type of look?

I've been trying to achieve this affect but tbh it's way too difficult. The picture I am showing could be shot on using film but I seen the photographer use a dslr. The look I am going for is the ...
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Can I develop my b&w film a year after shooting it?

I am a US citizen spending about a year in Germany and I've been shooting black and white film (ilford delta 400). I'm nervous about my film being in someone else's hands so I would prefer to develop ...
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What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called?

How do you call that kind of cameras like below? I am trying to find what was my first camera (brand/model) but my memory is weak. All I can remember is that it had the same shape than the one on the ...
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What is the difference between black and white film and color film?

What is the difference between black and white film and color film? How does color film record color? Is it like black and white film with something more, or is it entirely different?
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Why do my photographs taken with a film camera look so saturated?

I’m starting to shoot photographs using my Dad's old camera, an Olympus OM-4. I’ve noticed that in comparison with my friend's photographs mine are a lot more saturated. Why can it be? Here's an ...
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What does it mean to “mount” slide film for processing?

I just finished my first roll of a 35mm slide film and it is time to get it processed. I checked few places online and the options are to get them processed "mounted" or "unmounted". So what do ...
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What is a banquet photo?

I recently read a New York Times article about Banquet Photos and am wondering about them. I am not sure what makes a photo one. What are the requirements?
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These SLR developed photos are bad. Is it mine or the photolab's fault?

I'm new to 35mm camera photography and have just started using a Canon Ae-1 program to shoot. Only problem is that my first batch of photos look awful. There's a few others that were included on the ...
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Where can I develop 110 film?

Where can I develop 110 film from my Pentax 110 SLR?
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Overexpose film in camera, then push process?

My question: in general, what results when color film is overexposed in-camera, then push processed in development? I'm trying to wrap my head around color film exposure and development, and how ...
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Can I use a higher ASA / ISO with a point and shoot film camera which says it only goes to 400?

If I have a film camera (point and shoot) that only goes to ASA 400 can I still shoot with film that is higher ASA like Porta 800 or 1600? I’m trying to shoot at night? Mostly looking for dark tones ...