Expired Film Review: Flea Market Vericolor III - 1998
Every once in a while I like to take a stroll through the Vancouver Flea Market in the naive hope of finding something interesting among the sea of stolen power tools. A couple months ago though, I did just that. I walked away with a handful of weird 35mm film and 4 rolls of Kodak Vericolor III in 120.
I wasn't expecting much from it as its 1998 expiry date was 20 years in the past by now and storage conditions were uncertain at best. Nevertheless, a few weeks later on a brisk February morning I decided to run a roll and see how it would turn out.
I rushed through the roll, because I had some Ektachrome I wanted to shoot in the same location, but in retrospect I wish I had taken more time to get interesting shots with the Vericolor. It turned out much better than I expected.
The colors seem to have shifted slightly with age, but it's nothing that can't be balanced out in Lightroom. While the film is rated at 160 ISO I decided to set the cameras meter for 100, and for the most part the images I got are well exposed. There are some darker areas though, particularly in the rocks along the shoreline. This is not a film I would want to underexpose to any degree as it seems to have a very low tolerance for that. I'll probably shoot the last 3 rolls at 100 as well, but now that I know they'll turn out well I'll try and find some more interesting subjects. Overall for $2/roll I'm quite happy with the way these turned out,
Anyways, here are the rest of the images from that morning. Everything was shot on my Mamiya 7.