How can the years make something better? Let me share my favorite film to shoot in 120 format, it’s maybe a few years younger than I. Pure 80’s magic!
For me, its difficult get medium format slide film. Even more difficult is getting some expired film. But the most difficult thing is get some kind of “rare” slide films, also in 120 format. There’s a store in an old gallery of Santiago de Chile, where you can get, if you’re lucky some old and discontinued films. One day, I was there and I saw the vintage typography of Agfachrome RS 1000, and it was the first thing that made me fall in love with this film. I bought a lot of fifteen boxes that randomly have expiration dates ranging from 1986 to 1989.
The first question I had was: How can I develop this? I read on the outer box some processing that I don’t know, but I read the C-41 process. Hooray!!!
Second question: How to expose this beauty? I followed a note from rangefinderforum.com, that says I had to divide the film speed by four for each ten years passed after expiration date. In this case, I got to divide by eight or ten, because there’s a range of variation of the years (I mean ‘86 – ’89), ending up with something like a 125 (or 100) ISO film. Third and final question: What if you expose this film in our favorite medium format cameras like Diana F+ or Holga 120 CFN? I don’t know, but trying a new thing is always really funky!
Then, I tried this film at different places getting different results, obviously in my beloved Holga 120 CFN, to shoot, shoot, shoot, and then, tell something about it.
And there’s some galleries with the final product:
As you notice, this film has a big variability. In this case, the only recommendation is to try it out. Get some Agfachrome and go shoot as if you’re in the 80’s!