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Old Jan 26, 2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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Just found a 9+ year old disposable camera, will the pictures develop?

I just found an old Fuji Film disposable camera that has been used up. It has an "expiration date" on it of Feb, 2002. What are the odds that the pictures will come out if I get it developed? Im really curious whats on it.
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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As long as it was kept in a dry, room temperature place they should turn out fine.
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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If it is color film, at the very least the colors will have become desaturated and contrast will have been reduced. Film DOES go bad. You may get some cool results out of it, but you may also get a bunch of garbage.
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 PM   #4
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As long as it was kept in a dry, room temperature place they should turn out fine.
Im not really sure where it was kept for the last 9 years, but I guess I'll try anyway. It's cheap enough to get developed.
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 02:20 AM   #5
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Six months ago I developed a disposable full of shots I took in Yosemite in 2003. Out of approximately thirty-six shots, only three came out, and the colors were a little skewed. Mind you, I did not have this camera stored in a "room-temperate" (e.g. 65-70F on average) location; this poor thing got cooked and cooled over the years.

Still, what have you got to lose?
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 03:37 AM   #6
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Ive got you all beat.

I found some film from what I believe is 1990, my first cross country trip across the U.S.

There were about 16 rolls, and for at least the past three years had been sitting in the glove compartment of a truck, through freezing PA winters, and sweltering PA summers.

ALL of the photos developed, but they look "old". Destaturated colors, low contrast, etc.., but I think some can be fixed up in photoshop.
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 10:03 AM   #7
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What a find! Hope you can get them developed fine.
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 10:14 AM   #8
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Do us a favor and post a couple. Get a CD with your developing.
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 10:18 AM   #9
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Do us a favor and post a couple. Get a CD with your developing.
FWIW, Costco near me will develop and scan to CD without any prints for ~$2-$3. If you see any prints you'd actually like, get a reprint. or tweak the photo in Phostoshop before you print. (I do this all the time when I hand my 9 year old a disposable camera for a field trip or such.)

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Old Jan 27, 2011, 10:21 AM   #10
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Six months ago I developed a disposable full of shots I took in Yosemite in 2003. Out of approximately thirty-six shots, only three came out, and the colors were a little skewed.
That was true for those things if you'd developed the photos the day you got home from your trip. Such garbage cameras, thank goodness for the advent of waterproof digitals.
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 01:22 PM   #11
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Most disposable cameras and film rolls have an expiration date, the chemicals lose potency and developing old film is difficult because of this. But if it is a disposable and has the circuit for a flash all is not lost you could make a really awesome low voltage stun gun out of it and take a pic with your digital (I find it almost unbelievable that some people still use disposables when you can find digital cameras used everywhere cheap)

This little guy builds up 300 volts in the Capacitor off of a regular 1.5 volt AA and gives one hell of a shock for the first 2 seconds--rig it up right and that is one serious joy buzzer:
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Old Jan 27, 2011, 01:27 PM   #12
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I remember being very surprised and I think maybe even crying a little when, as a younger kid, I took apart a disposable camera for whatever reason, and discovered just what 300 volts built up on a AA battery feels like on your finger tips
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You'll get the basic image, but the colour will either be distorted or gone black and white I bet. Interesting to see how this turns out...
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Disposable cameras from 2000-2009

Ok, so I am putting together a movie of pics and music for my daughter's Sweet 16 party and was looking for photos and found 8 disposable cameras from 2000-2009, I am taking them in to see what happens... Wish me luck!
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I just found an old Fuji Film disposable camera that has been used up. It has an "expiration date" on it of Feb, 2002. What are the odds that the pictures will come out if I get it developed? Im really curious whats on it.
Well, what happened?
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