Shooting with a Roll of Expired Perutz Primera 200 Film

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When stored well, films expired a year ago can still behave and produce results like those of fresh films.

The roll of Pertuz Primera 200 that I ran through my Olympus Trip 35 expired in March 2011. According to the seller, it has been cold stored so it should be as good as new. This really didn’t matter to me as the top reason for buying this film was price, it was comparatively cheap.

Being an ISO 200 film also meant that it was a nice fit for the Olympus Trip 35’s 1/200 shutter speed. Well, that’s the theory anyway. As this is the first roll that I was running through the Olympus Trip 35, I set the ISO at box speed.

But before firing the first frame, I read cinzinc review of the film to better understand what I could expect with a fresh roll of film. Granted, this will not be an apple-to-apple comparison as I’m shooting a roll that expired 12 months ago. Still, it is a good yardstick. Further research also revealed to me that this is a rebadged Afga film.

So when the weather was good, I went street shooting. Here’s what I discovered about this roll of expired Pertuz Primera 200 film.

The film performs well in uneven lighting.

However, under well lit conditions, the colors are vibrant. Check out the photo below. Look at the red barricade. I’m not sure if this is due to the film’s intrinsic characteristics or it’s due to being expired. Either way, I like it.

Yet, shooting some murals/drawings along a well covered walkway showed the colors appearing dull.

What surprised me was how the film captured the colors of a window display. Lighting wasn’t that good, yet the film still picked up the colors well.

This was a quick grab shot.

As you can expect from an IS0200 film, the film will start to show its limitation as the sun goes down. Grain is evident. Yet, it is still fast enough to capture action.

I consider myself lucky (or perhaps unlucky in some ways) that this roll of film behaves like a fresh roll. I’ve heard of stories where the expired film was supposedly cool stored yet the photos came out totally under exposed.

As I have a couple more rolls of expired Pertuz Primera 200, I plan to ‘age’ some of them for a while longer before trying it out again. But as a film companion for street shooting with the Olympus Trip 35, this is another great film to use.

Check out my other photos taken outdoors with the film on this album and indoors on this album, too.

written by uncle_jay on 2012-04-02 in #reviews #expired-film #perutz-primera-200 #colour #singapore #color #olympus-trip-35 #street-photography #water #chinatown #perutz #c41

7 Comments

  1. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    I have ten of these to use up in the fridge, same vintage as yours!

  2. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @adam_g200: Cool! (no pun intended) How did your shots turn out and what do you think about the film?

  3. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @adam_g2000: ooppss.. missed another digit

  4. darlim
    darlim ·

    I have a roll of this to try too. Not sure on the "vintage" But nice review :)

  5. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    This is a good read Uncle Jay. I'm about to ccllect my 20 rolls of expired Perutz :D I got it cheap from a friend and now I can't wait to see the result after reading your article.

  6. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    Anyway, do you think different camera will give different results? hehe.. I don't have Olympus Trip to compare my photos with yours, so I've to try with other cameras instead. Will the result be different?

  7. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @stonerfairy: Wah! Good to know that you got 20 rolls coming your way. Just try them with your different cameras and see what happens. :)

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