Expired Ferrania Solaris 200: Not a Good Experience

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I shot a roll of Ferrania Solaris 200 which was probably 8-10 years expired on a holiday last year. It is not an experience that I will be looking to repeat again.

Credits: simonh82

Ever since I met my girlfriend 8 years ago, there have been two small rolls of film that have accompanied us around the various house moves and dodged the infrequent spring cleans, always escaping the bin. One was a roll of Ferrania Solaris 200, the other was a Sun Shot 200, both expired about 8 years ago.

Over the summer I decided that they had sat around long enough and the Ferrania got loaded into my Olympus OM-2n and taken on holiday to Spain. I developed the film and started scanning; to say I was disappointed wouldn’t do it justice.

I know you are taking a risk with expired film, especially stuff which has been poorly stored, but these photos were grainy on a level I’d not seen before. They had lost all saturation and colour definition.

Credits: simonh82

When I think about the bright blue sky on a hot Spanish day, the best I got from this film was this.

Credits: simonh82

Where this film also really fell down was dealing with skin tones. It went very blotchy and red with masses of grain.

Credits: simonh82

In the end I started using my scanners colour restoration feature which is meant for really old film. This had the effect of making the colours look like Kodachrome slides, but whereas Kodachrome is famous for its saturated colour palette and legendary sharpness, this still had huge grain.

Credits: simonh82

I don’t like having to resort to these kind of features on my scanner, so for me, this is a film I will be avoiding in the future.

Did any of you got the same results with expired Ferrania Solaris 200? Why don’t you share your results and leave a comment below!

written by simonh82 on 2012-03-29 in #reviews #expired-film #color-negative #ferrania #35mm #colour-negative #200-iso #lomography #user-review

8 Comments

  1. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    good honest article - but sorry for the disappointment

  2. superlighter
  3. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Maybe 8 - 10 years are too much for this film! But if you use a film expired only from one or two year (as in this case, an Esselunga 200 film, maybe another name for Ferrania 200: www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2012/03/13/le-dominanti… ) you will have great brown/amber dominants!

  4. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    @superlighter Great photos, I'm sure this film can be good, but I don't think time and temperature had been kind to this roll.

    @Sirio174 If I see some fresher film, I may be tempted, it certainly seems like it can produce nice results.

  5. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    Ferrania is called the '' worst film in the world '' - italian films..... :-/ ;-)

  6. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    I bloody love the bottom 4 photos!!!!

  7. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    @kneehigh85 I know, they look great, but it was all scanner trickery. If I could get results like this from the film without resorting to Epson colour correction I'd be very happy!

  8. redfactor
    redfactor ·

    I love this pictures, the color balance trickery looks amazing, as does the dull films, I like the grain too. :-)

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