Old film challenge: Use it.

Old film challenge: Use it.

I was surprised to find that I had 55 rolls of various 35mm and 23 rolls of 120 negative film stocks just wasting away in my fridge. I mean, look at this treasure trove!

Rolls of 35mm film from my fridge

I’ve standardized on Ilford HP5 Plus for black and white film and Kodak Portra 400 for color. This doesn’t mean I won’t try something different occasionally, but those are my go-to films.

To make room, I’ve challenged myself to shoot all of this old stock before ordering any more new film.

Here’s the 35mm inventory:

  • Fujifilm Superia 400 Color: 4 rolls
  • Kodak Portra 400: 10 rolls
  • Kodak 400 (color): 5 rolls
  • Ilford XP2: 2 rolls (one is already in the Leica IIIf)
  • Kodak Tri-X 400: 5 rolls
  • Kodak TMAX 100: 7 rolls
  • Kodak TMAX P3200: 2 rolls
  • Ilford Delta 3200: 2 rolls
  • Kodak 200 (color): 2 rolls
  • Fujifilm Velvia 100f: 1 roll
  • Film Ferrania P30: 1 roll
  • Kodak Tri-X Pan: 1 roll
  • Kodak Technical Pan: 1 roll
  • Kodak Plus-X: 1 roll

I may not bother shooting the very old stuff. For example, the Tech Pan expired in 1991! The Plus-X and Tri-X Pan are probably not far off from that. Plus, they’re in unopened boxes, which are worth keeping intact just for nostalgia’s sake.

And here’s the 120:

Rolls of 120 film
Rolls of 120 film
  • Ilford Delta 100: 7 rolls
  • Kodak Portra 400: 1 roll
  • Fujifilm Provia 100f: 2 rolls
  • Kodak BW400CN: 2 rolls
  • Efke 25: 1 roll
  • Ilford Delta 3200: 3 rolls
  • Ilford Pan F 50: 2 rolls
  • Fujifilm Acros 100: 3 rolls

There are 2 rolls of Astia but they’re 220 and I don’t have a back that will hold 220, so that’s out.

I was excited to see the Acros in there. It’s a great film.

It also looks like I’ll need to buy some E-6 chemistry for the Velvia and Provia.

If I’m being honest with myself, I understand that this is about three years’ worth of film, given my normal pace. I’m hoping that this challenge will induce the feeling that I’ve got to hurry and “use it up”, and so will accelerate things a little.