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Expired Film Processing

Open that time capsule

Undeveloped film is like a time capsule that hasn't been opened yet. It hold memories of pictures from long ago that haven't been seen yet. Perhaps it was a family birthday, a Christmas celebration, a picnic in the park, the proud owner of a new car or maybe some pictures around the house. These memories had been set aside to be developed a different time and were forgotten or even lost. We understand the excitement of finding a long ago undeveloped film and recovering old memories. From our years of experience in film developing it's hard for us to not have a small thrill of being the first people to set eyes on these lost and found treasures. No matter the content, we are very serious about the potential to salvage what are often fantastic images of a now virtually forgotten family history.

We can process almost any roll of film and even movie film. Please inquire for pricing.

  • Color film that is less than 5 years past its best before date and has been stored in excessive heat: you should be able to drop off any local photo finishers with a good reputation and get at least some OK prints.
  • Color film 5 to 10 years beyond the “process before” date that has not been stored in excessive heat: if it is important to you, then send it to us. If you are simply curious what is on the film, normal processing will likely give you fully recognizable though possibly poor quality images.
  • B&W film in cassettes (126/35mm) approximately 20 years beyond its “process before” date would best be sent to us or someone with an understanding of how to process a film to its highest possible contrast.
  • B&W roll film (120/620) approximately 30 years beyond its “process before” date would best be sent to us or someone with an understanding of how to process a film to its highest possible contrast.
  • Color film that has been in excessive heat over an extended period (i.e. a film left in a car parked outside for an entire summer season): if it is important to you, then send it to us. If you are simply curious what is on the film, normal processing will likely give you recognizable though poor quality images.

Black and White or Color?

All film (besided Kodachrome) can be processed Black and White or Color, it's your decision to choose which process you would like to make your film. 

Develop B&W

Develop Color

Play it safe

Only 20 percent of long-expired films processed into color will actually have decent color quality

If you know your film was stored in a hot attic, garage or storage facility, then definitely opt for B&W  Film stored in a cool place is much more likely to come out well in color than film stored in a hot or warm place

 

Kodachrome

In 2010 the last roll of Kodak's Kodachrome was developed using the the last of the chemicals that Kodak had made. After that the production of these chemicals were ceased and the process of developing kodachrome was gone forever. Unfortunately many people had rolls of Kodachrome that they are now unable to get processed. And this is where Ross Imaging Center comes in. Through a black and white developing process, we are able to process your Kodachrome film. Unfortunately, in doing this we lose the vibrant color in the kodachrome that everyone knows and loves, However, you are still able to see your families memories that had been stored away for years. 

 

 

 

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