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I bought these films new from a professional photo store in Helsinki, Finland around 2003 (I got then quite a lot of film), I think. They were kept in a refrigerator storage (2-6 degrees Celsius), I think. I kept ALL my films until July 2014 in deep fridge (at least -18 degrees Celsius) basically from the moment I got them. Then, as my company moved to a new location I had no more enough deep freeze place for all my films, like these films. Inside, where the films have been stored, the room temperature has been ca. + 3 .. 10 degrees Celsius during wintertime (ca. November – April) and ca. + 10 .. 17 degrees Celsius at other times. During January – May 2016 ALL films were well covered outside at ca. -33 .. + 10 degrees Celsius and after that time I moved all my films inside (temperatures as above).
I mainly used color negative films for my paid photo gigs – yes, I really had those before digital cameras and cell cameras thereafter made the whole business go away. I was too scared that I’d made a mistake with the exposure so I shot color negs. Funny though, while travelling I used almost no color negatives at all but slides and black-and-white. My travels around the globe went far away, and I had to pay them dearly. But never (or that I can think of) had I problems with exposure, not even when I used a pinhole like camera with slides on the high mountains of Aconcagua. Go figure! 🙂
I always liked the Agfa Optima colors, which were a bit reddish (and somewhat saturated) and hence closer to the way how we humans naturally see things, as opposite to the many bluish cast that many Kodakchromes had. But I didn’t have these Optima films in 35 mm (which I carried more in my travels) and I really liked to take (and watch over projector 35 mm) slides, so hence I wasn’t so keen on using the medium format color negatives.
Now, to be honest, the color negative films are the most sensitive to aging, which only freezing can withhold to some extent. Black-and-white films are just fine even with decades and decades of expiry, and to my experience, also slides are much better aging resistant than color negatives. So keeping this in mind, I tested these particular films – the crosshairs (X) on the OptimaII 100 ASA film depicted here was the very film I used for testing. You can see and read about yourself about the results in my blog pages. Looking more closely to the very last images, some of the scanned images indicate a bit of a greenish cast visible in the darks, whilst others do not. This is partly due my automated image processing methods. The best results are always got when the frame is cropped away, because the dark frame areas make the automated calculus go haywire. In this case I wanted to make the frames partly visible so that you would be able to read the film information. Yes, I have more than a thousand photos here, so guess how much manual stuff I’m interested in doing.. ,)
As you can see, the OptimaII films have expired 12/2003 (100 ASA), 09/2004 (400 ASA), and the 120 roll of Fuji Super G400, was expired around 2000 (?). Fujifilm discontinued most of their professional color negative (C-41) in 2010, but I’m pretty sure that the Super G400 was stopped already much earlier. I can’t say too much of this film, except that I think that it would be a good candidate for experimental & creative photography.
I’d say these films are still usable, but not as such as they were in 2002. I think they are the perfect material for you if you’re keen on LOMO or HOLGA or other creative photography. Perhaps setting the ASA number a bit smaller (like 200 instead of 400) might be a good thing. Then, just point and shoot and drop the exposed film to your next one hour photo store, and be amazed what comes out! 🙂
Remember that Agfa Optima was discontinued already in 2004 / 2005 so that if you really want to have a go of this piece of history, you are stock on over a decade old film stocks! ,)
I am selling this set of four unopened films, one of last ones ever made I believe, for 20 euros.
Yes, of course I will combine shipping for reduced shipping costs. I urge you to my buy more from me and will be flexible with it. Please note the somewhat expensive shipping costs from Finland, especially if insurance is needed. If the value of order gets to a higher level, I insist on taken an insurance for the shipping.
If you buy this item – please keep it in deep freezer for best results! 🙂
If you have more questions, please contact me directly.
Klaus Riederer, PhD, MSc
KAR Oy Ab GmbH Ltd S. A. R. L., CEO www.kar.fi
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