Expired FIlm, ApparentlyThere is a Limit

Credits: 110isnotdead

Disclaimer: above pic was from my phone but it is purely for explanation purposes. lol

So I got these old Kodak Instamatic 126 cameras just laying around, right? I don’t know what to do with them. They look great on my headboard along with all my other cameras that I cannot use due to discontinued film. But then something happened, I was at a thrift shop one day and I came across some unopened rolls of Kodak 126 cartridge film. I was excited.

I went home, popped the film into my Instamatic X-15F and I was off. I tell ya, those 12 exposures sure went quick. I dropped it off at Rite Aid, and I got the obligatory weird look from the girl at the desk wondering what I had just handed her. And then I waited.

A week and a half passed and then I got the call. My film was back but not what i expected. The message Rite Aid left me said they weren’t going to charge me; first bad sign. Then I looked at what I got back and it was 3 prints; it wasn’t looking good but see for yourself:

Credits: 110isnotdead

Not pretty, right? But that’s what we Lomographers live for, experimentation, trying something new even if it turns out crappy. Ya just go out with another roll and keep on snappin’ those pics.

written by 110isnotdead on 2012-09-30


  1. odlm
    odlm ·

    I wont lie, Ive known old Instamatics to be laying around, begging for a resurrection - but Ive yet to take that plunge! Glad some one did though, and though the results aren't as hoped - it was sure as hell worth a shot! Perhaps this can be a slow call for Lomography to get all up on bringing 126 back from the dead? ;) Nice post!

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @odlm Hey, we can only hope that someone brings back this very underrated format. I still contend that it was more viable than 110, APS or disc. Thanks for the like :))

  3. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    I once got a cool result from 127 film expired in 1963. Only two pics on the roll were alright. So I immediately ordered another long-expired roll. The emulsion came loose and the lab had to clean its machine. So now I am not allowed to drop in expired films anymore at the lab. www.lomography.com/photos/16356485

  4. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @gauthierdumonde Really cool results with the 63' film. Love the color shift. :)

  5. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @rik041, @nocturnal, c@amielioo, @gauthierdumonde, @aoizumi, and @odlm. thanks for all the love :)

  6. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    * @amielioo lol

  7. exit14
    exit14 ·

    I tried this last St Patrick's Day, my results weren't much better, I got four. I was using it inside with a flash cube. (it's amazing how many people want to touch or take those flash cubes) I believe this film expired in 1973, maybe that's why I got four to your three? lol

  8. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @exit14 I have like 3 more rolls and I'm not sure if I should try them again. I just hope I don't get a letter from the lab saying I jacked up their machine like @gauthierdumonde had happen. lol
    Cool results though.

  9. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Yeah. Luckily it was the lab technicians responsability, he knew it was a 42 years expired film and he decided to process it. I've read stuff from guys who put their expired rolls into a new magazine... But I am afraid if they catch you doing this, you could be responsible...

  10. exit14
    exit14 ·

    LOL that's why I develop at home. Don't want anyone mad at me. My local lab only does 35mm color stuff, so they aren't any help anyway. I still have more of it too, still mulling over what to do with it. Maybe, a pinhole camera so longer exposure times can be used. It might bring more out of the old emulsions.

  11. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    Update, I should be getting a couple old rolls of 110 film back in the next few days so hooray for more iffy photos :))