CC 1235 Lecture 2: Fresh film and expired film

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instant-university_CC1420-lecture-3-air-traveling-with-instant-films-and-cameras-#11How to know when the film is produced or expired?

instant-university_CC1420-lecture-3-air-traveling-with-instant-films-and-cameras-#12On the packaging of The Impossible Project film, there is a 4-digit number (MM.YY). And there are two types of dates: one is ‘production date’, the other is the ‘best before date’. If it is ‘production date’, then use it within 1 year since the production date. If it is ‘best before date’, then use it before the stamped dates. It is suggested that the film should be used before the date printed in order to obtain the best photographic result.

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(Credits: The impossible Project)
In 2016, The Impossible Project will gradually unify the date system. All new packages are going to be stamped with production dates regardless of box types.

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While you will find only ‘best before date’ on Fujifilm instant film. It is suggested that the film should be used before the date printed.

 

instant-university_CC1420-lecture-3-air-traveling-with-instant-films-and-cameras-#11Can I still take pictures with expired films?

instant-university_CC1420-lecture-3-air-traveling-with-instant-films-and-cameras-#12Each instant film has pouches filled with photographic developer. Chemical changes and easily runs dry as film ages, resulting in color shifts, a loss in image contrast or uneven spread of chemical over the film. But still, quite a lot of instant photographers are willing to take risks of using expired films. The reason being is that expired materials can create unexpected yet fun results such as bluish or greenish picture. It’s not the end of the day even if films expire.

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