Question about developing expired C41 film

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I was given a camera recently that had a part used roll of film inside. As the camera also came with a few other unused rolls of film, all dated 2005, I'm assuming that the roll in the camera is of a similar age and won't have been cold stored or anything.

I've now shot the rest of the frames, but the camera is a P&S compact so I had no control over the ISO and so they've been shot at box speed. I won't be developing it myself, so are there any instructions I should provide to the lab (other than what I've covered above)?

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I found a P&S of my wife's last year that had a half used roll of colour film in it from 2006, it had just been in a drawer with no special storeage and I developed it using normal C41 times, many of the frames came out fine.
 

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Peak Imaging suggest on their website that they process old films, but it seems like it's obsolete formats rather than what you want (and they don't seem to offer a process-only option).

I'd ring up Filmdev before sending, though. I don't think they wanted to process the c 1950 shot Tri-X I found in my sister's Box Brownie. Sent it to Peak in the end but there were at best ghost images on it.

But, 2005, probably be fine.
 
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I sent a twenty year old film - out of the camera - to Photo Express, Hull, a few weeks ago and didn't expect much. The colour had degraded but they managed to send back prints in black and white. I find them very obliging.
 

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I sent a twenty year old film - out of the camera - to Photo Express, Hull, a few weeks ago and didn't expect much. The colour had degraded but they managed to send back prints in black and white. I find them very obliging.
I don't know if they still do it, but if you mention your TP name when ordering they used to give a 50p per film discount... but subject to a minimum spend so you had to send at least two films to take advantage of it!
 
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As an update on my original post - the film in question came back mostly unuseable. Every shot was extremely fogged with the exception of the 8 frames taken by the previous owner of the camera, probably around 15-20 years ago. Those were far from perfect, but I was able to recover a lot in Lightroom and put them on a CD to give to the person who gave me the camera.

The camera itself isn't anything particulalry special - a Samsung point-and-shoot compact - but I might put a fresh roll through it to see if it works ok. Who knows, maybe there could be a Travelling Samsung project later in the year. :)
 
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