Using old film is fun, and a little scary also because you truly don’t know what you’re going to end up with. A couple years back I had acquired a roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan that had expired in the mid 1960s, and I got zero results from it, so when I found another two rolls of Verichrome Pan that expired in 1975 I figured what the hell and gave them a shot, but instead of letting a lab develop them I would do them myself.
So with the old film loaded into my trusty Rolleiflex I headed down to the lake in Oakville to the posh Bronte Village to wander the boardwalk catching attention of many who saw me using this old camera. Often I use them simply for the conversation pieces that they are. Once the roll was shot it was into the lab for some developing fun. I used the same technique I had on the first roll of the pair that I had shot back at the Muskoka Regional Centre. Using the last of my Agfa Rodinal (The world’s oldest still produced developer (developed in 1891)), I used a method called stand developing, or souping the film in a 1:200 Rodinal solution for an hour.
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Verichrome Pan