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    Dumb question- Film storage

    Now that I have 4x5 cut film I'm not sure how I should store it. Should I put it in the fridge with the 120 / 220 / 35mm stuff that I have? Should I put the Polaroid 55 that I have in there too?

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    I assume you're referring to unexposed film.
    Some keep it in their fridge, but any cool, dry and dark place will do.

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    Yes.. sorry... Unexposed.

    Cool. How cool is cool? 80F ?

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    Cool for me is low humidity.
    I keep all my film under a table in my darkroom, and even on the hottest day of the year, I can close the door of the darkroom, and it's a few degrees cooler than the rest of the place. I used to keep film in the fridge, but I hated waiting for it to warm to room temp before using it.
    I realize that colour emulsions are more sensitive than B&W, but this set-up has worked well thus far.
    If you think your storage area is too warm (I guess 80F and above) or too humid, though, by all means use your fridge.

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    In the summer months, especially this year when we've had numerous 103+ days, I have my thermostats set to adjust to 82 when I leave. That's why I asked about temperature. That and I also do not like to wait for the film to warm up.

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Lloyd View Post
    Should I put it in the fridge with the 120 / 220 / 35mm stuff that I have? Should I put the Polaroid 55 that I have in there too?
    That's what I have done for more than 30 years. I put them in zip-lock bags. Lay the Polaroid flat, not on the side.

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    Re: Dumb question- Film storage

    I store film in the fridge, either in sealed cans or wrapped in plastic bags. Color film goes bad after a few years no matter what you do, so use it as soon as you can. B+W seems to last and last as long as it's taken care of.

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