- Jan 30, 2005
- Large Format
I just discovered this post after having gotten back my prints today of several rolls 120 Kodak B&W w 2017-era expiry. “Kodak” and numbers everywhere on the negs and prints. Plan to test some other brand rolls to rule out anything else, hope Kodak might be responsive if the issue lays w Kodak… I know it’s expired film but it still shouldn’t ghost through. Never would have believed this could be a result from ‘bad manufacturing.‘ A lot of folk from my trip have been contacting me and expecting me to provide them enlargements from a fairly intimate, historic and singular event I imaged w these rolls. This rates just as badly as the other month when I went overseas on an important diplomatic mission and on the Big Day my film on the critical roll didn’t properly catch/advance on the sprockets… 35, 36, 37, 38, 39… I have a problem. At least the latter was easy to explain, this one is more complicated to the lay person who was amazed at Film (!) and are begging for prints.
Kodak sold some real crap in that timeframe. I bought several 5-packs of TMY in a pinch before a trip to Japan in the spring of 2017. I wanted HP5+, and I took for granted that my local source would have enough on hand two or three days before my trip, but they had run out, so I had to buy the TMY. Multiple rolls had backing paper problems and some had splotches on the film emulsion, making the negatives unusable. Kodak sheepishly sent me one 5-pack for my troubles (no apologies or anything like that), but of course I’d rather have my pictures from the trip that I’ll likely never take again.
I haven’t shot a roll of Kodak film since. I don’t miss it.