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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Expired Fuji Reala -- Success!
A few weekends ago, I picked up a boatload of film at an estate sale (posted here). I was anxious to try out the 35mm Fuji Reala, as I remember it being a very good color film. I put a roll of it into my Nikon FM2N and used it with various lenses, all in a couple of days at work and one lunch hour downtown. I sent the roll off to The Darkroom in California, and last night, I received the news that my film was on its way back, and that the scanned negatives were online. I shot the Reala at the box speed of ISO 100, since by doing that, I would have a better idea if it had degraded over the years since its expiration date of 1997. It has been refrigerated the whole time, I believe, and not left in the glove compartment of a car (which is a problem with expired films of unknown provenance-one usually has no idea how it was stored). The exposures look like fresh film, with nice saturation and no apparent graininess. Shadow detail is good, too.