I tried an expired film that I got from eBay in a mystery bundle. I was surprised at the great results and amazing detail!
I received a mystery bag of film. The whole box had around 10 rolls of random films, but 35mm and 120. YAY! I love mystery boxes. (I could not resist the Lomography christmas one either)
In it was the Ilford SFX. This film stood out from the rest in that it had its own box. It had expired in 2009 and I was intrigued. I know nothing of Ilford films and I had no idea that it was close to being infrared with out being a real infrared.
I shrugged and shoved it in my pocket on my way to work. I was cleaning up as Smena 8 which needed TLC so it would be a good sample film.
I ran the roll through this little camera and then I released I had a problem. The Smena 8 does not rewind film and so I had to find somewhere to roll it back manually… My husband pointed out that the locker room at work was almost totally black due to no windows. AWESOME. I was excited to see if the camera had worked not thinking too much on the film itself. I dropped it off at the local film developer and passed through a few days later. Alas, I had a note on the canister that they would not develop this film. WHAT?! Why? I was now intrigued. What had frightened my local film place. I did a search on line to find somewhere close to home or work. I found a specialist place who looked at it, told me it was ordinary B & W and processed it for me.
I looked at the Negs and my jaw dropped. The detail in the negative was astounding. As I scanned it, I saw even more detail, creamy tones in the photos not a harsh black and white. It is simply beautiful.
Intricate features on the rocks and Building are clear and little grain.
Try this film, it is as special as its name suggests.