When Stephen Dowling of Kosmo Foto launched his new site World on Film last summer, he asked me to contribute an article for its debut. That sounded like fun, so I wrote about my Route 66 trip, which I shot on a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye; read it here. To say thanks, he sent me a few rolls of expired slide film. The first one into my Pentax Spotmatic F was 2003-vintage Konica Chrome Centuria 200.

You never know what you’re going to get with expired film. That goes triple for slide film, given its narrow exposure latitude. Conventional wisdom says expose one stop less for every decade a film has been expired. But I’m not conventionally wise: I shot at box speed.

Each frame was badly washed out. Fortunately, Photoshop was able to make usable images out of the entire roll.

At Crown Hill

I started shooting this roll before I moved from Indianapolis to Zionsville. I wanted one more walk through Crown Hill Cemetery, which was so convenient to my former home.

Please sit

I’ve shot this view from Strawberry Hill, the highest elevation in Indianapolis, many times. But never before has it looked like it came straight from a dystopian apocalypse movie.

At the top of Indianapolis

Reading up on this film, I learned that it had a reputation for grain. I got plenty of grain, all right! But these heavily Photoshopped images aren’t a fair representation of what this film could do when it was new.

Down the hill

The 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar lens I used was just right for the cemetery’s wide-open spaces and interesting details.

They served

As a whiskey fan, the very thought that a pump might freely deliver delicious Woodford Reserve bourbon charms me no end. (Check the stamping on the pump body.) My sour mash dreams were dashed when I learned that this pump is from the Woodford Manufacturing Company of Colorado Springs. This looks like their Model Y34, which has been manufactured continually since 1929.


I finished the roll on an evening walk through Zionsville Village. It’s become tradition that I photograph the Black Dog Books sign. Then Margaret and I stepped inside for the first time, where I found and purchased a book of Edward Weston photographs.

Black dog

This expired stock let every color fade away — except red.

Oak St.

This film was still in my Spotmatic when Margaret and I traveled to Versailles, Indiana, for a meeting of the Historic Michigan Road Association. We met in a stunning Art Deco church. Look for photos of that church on this expired film in an upcoming post!

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15 responses to “Shooting Konica Chrome Centuria 200”

  1. Joshua Fast Avatar
    Joshua Fast

    I’ve always followed the +1 for every decade on C41 and +1 per 3 decades on E6. With the reds and greens you got from this roll, it looks like this film would be a good candidate for cross processing. They still look great, part of the charm of expired film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve never heard the +1/3 decades for E6. New to me! I’ve never tried xpro. I have more expired slide film in the fridge; maybe that’s the next thing I do.

      1. Joshua Fast Avatar
        Joshua Fast

        Roberts loves to cross process film if you ever stop by downtown. I used to let them do all of my cross processing before i started developing my own. Slide film is normally low ISO and has a different makeup than C41 that makes it much more stable over time. I learned the hard way by really overexposing some Fujichrome (predecessor of velvia) that had expired in the early 80s. At +1 it looks great, at +3 it was very washed out.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I love to use Roberts for processing. Now that I live in Zionsville I’m not sure how I make it down there easily but I do want to figure that out. Thanks for the info about how slide film works!

  2. Mike Connealy Avatar

    Terrific set of pictures. Your choices in subjects and composition are a perfect match for the pointillist textures.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you! I admit, I would have preferred to see these images in their full fresh-film glory. But they’re interesting as they are.

  3. dan james Avatar

    Do you have any more rolls of the same film? Might be fun to shoot a couple of stops over and then cross process, like Joshua mentioned.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      No more of this film, but I do have a few more rolls of other expired slide films to shoot. Maybe it’s time to try xpro, just for fun.

      1. dan james Avatar

        Should be cheaper than slide film to process too… 🙂 I’ve got some very different results with cross processing, usually very saturated and slightly shifted colours. It’s one of the most fun aspects of shooting film.

  4. DougD Avatar

    Spooky. Reminded me of the church scenes in the film “Prince of Darkness” which scared the crap out of me many years ago…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Heh, yeah, these do have a horror-film kind of feel!

  5. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    While I’ve shot quite a bit of expired black and white (some 40 years expired), I have never had the guts to try any color.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve shot expired C41 before. Plenty of expired Kodak 400 in the fridge. The colors do shift. Not crazy about the look but it’s good for testing a camera I suspect is dodgy. This is my first foray into expired E6 though.

  6. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    Woodford Manufacturing in Colorado Springs? I had no idea! I even use one every day at work :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Down the Road: Interesting facts since 2007!

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