I shot a 30-year-old roll of expired Kodak film and I was amazed with results!

Expired Kodak TMAX P3200
The roll of Kodak TMax P3200 film I discovered unused in a relative's old camera bag (Image credit: Sebastian Oakley / Digital Camera World)

Is using an old roll of film, well over its best-before date a way of getting around the recent film shortage? I shot a roll of 30-year-old Kodak TMax T3200 black and white 35mm film to find out…

As analog photography sees a resurgence, film is getting harder to come by. We previously reported that Kodak was increasing its film prices, and Fujifilm has put a halt on selling some of its popular films until it has enough raw materials to continue. This means that many photographers are looking at other options for loading up their film cameras, and one of the most common is buying old, expired film.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.