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  1. cypilk

    cypilk TPF Noob!

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    i should keep film in the refrigerator to keep it under 75 degrees ?... wouldn't it get too cold?
     
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    I keep mine in the freezer. Not sure the temp, but I know it gets frozen pretty good, and I've had no trouble.

    Usually the film box ot canister might have a temperature direction on it.
     
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    See now you've always told me to keep my film in the freezer, and it's not that I don't trust you or anything photong, but I'm wondering the same think as cypilk. I've recently read that low temperatures can hurt the film, making it brittle. I'm left a little bit confused.
     
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    I defrost it for a few hrs at least.

    Either way, I haven't had a problem.

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    http://www.vividlight.com/articles/1309.htm

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/film.htm
     
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    I've also kept film in the freezer. Just make sure you give it enough time to warm up before using.
     
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    Fridgerated film may be a myth. It is my understanding that if you bought it out of the cooler, then keep it in the cooler. I think it is more about the emulsion#. Meaning that if there is color shift it is generally due subtle details of the dye process.

    Commercially, buying film in bulk (with the same emulsion#) is economical. If you are spending that kind of money make sure you buy it from the cooler. Especially if it is E-6.

    Generally Modern films do not seem to be fragile.
     
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    Refridgerate to slow the aging of film. Freeze it to stop the aging. As long as the film is good (not aged or heat or x-ray damaged) you can put it in the refridgerator or freezer at any time. Give it 1/2 an hour to an hours to reach room temperature before shooting. This isn't a myth. It's something that reputable companies and photographers have been doing for years.
     
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    It doesn't completely stop the aging. Gamma radiation and such will expose film, unless your freezer is lined with lead. Very-high-speed film will still fog over time, but slow film will take ages.
     
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    True. Most photographers aren't going to keep film 10 or 20 years out of date though. I would call freezing or refrigerating your film a safe bet and a much better idea than leaving it at room temperature or under worse conditions.
     
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    after you take the shots... you don't need to keep the film cool correct?
     

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