A Quick Tipster to Scan an Expired Film with a Mini-Lab


Sometimes the professional mini-lab of your photo shop cannot recognize the space between two negatives of an expired film. In this tipster, I’ll show you how you can easily solve this little problem.

Sometimes, when you are scanning old expired rolls (as this Konica film expired 11 years ago), the mask of the film becomes too dark and the professional scanner cannot identify the spacing between photos.

Details of a Konica SXG 100 expired film

So, if you use a utility knife or the extremity of the scissors you can remove part of the emulsion between two consecutive frames, trying to draw straight lines. Don’t worry if your line touches the border of your photo, because generally, the impressed area is a little wider than the 24×36mm format recognized by a scanner of a mini-lab.

Winter time

This trick allows me to scan easily and quickly my expired film in a professional way. Here some photos of this scan:

Snow in Como, Italy

These photos were digitalized with a Fuji professional mini-lab.

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  1. kiri-girl
    kiri-girl ·

    I find chucking the expired film back through the c41 machine again helps too :) I always do that when I cross process slide films too, otherwise the machine won't read it.

  2. kiri-girl
    kiri-girl ·

    Arghh I think the chemicals may need tweaking, that's probably why I have to develop twice! Sorry!!

  3. adash
    adash ·

    Great tipster. I had a 20-year old X-pro being rejected numerous times by the lab, now I know what to do :-D

  4. milou2011
    milou2011 ·

    Great tipster!! Finally, i won't have trouble scanning my old negative!!!

  5. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    thats such a good idea why the hell didnt i think of this

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