Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Freezing versus Refrigerating Film

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Stevenson Ranch, CA

    Freezing versus Refrigerating Film

    The previous thread got me curious about something. I don't have room in my freezer, so I keep my film (Velvia Quickloads and E100VS Readyloads) in my refrigerator instead. Do any of you know how long past expiration I can still use my film for without any color shifts or other undesirable changes? I bought all of the film new and have kept it refrigerated from day one. The only time it's been out of the refrigerator is for 3 or 4 days at a time when I've taken it on trips. Basically what I'm asking is how good is refrigerating film as opposed to freezing it. Thanks in advance for your comments.

  2. #2

    Freezing versus Refrigerating Film

    Well, pro color film should normally be kept in the fridge all the time and the expiration date is based on the assumption that you will. So keeping the film cool doesn't guarantee you that it will stay fresh beyond this date. On the other hand, film companies tend to err on the careful side when deciding the expiration date, so you should be OK for six months or more after, especially if the color balance is not 100% critical. Old E6 film tends to have a sliht magenta cast.

    Note that you don't have to be paranoid with keeping your film cool: if you keep your Velvia at room temperature for three weeks while travelling, I doubt you will notice any significant color changes. But the rule does apply for extended strorage times.

Similar Threads

  1. Film preservation: Deep freezing versus refrigerating?
    By Paul Schilliger in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 26-May-2008, 16:43
  2. Refrigerating Polaroid Film
    By Tom Jones in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 1-Jun-2005, 16:56
  3. Freezing Film
    By Steve Bell in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 27-Apr-2005, 17:12
  4. Freezing exposed film - for how long?
    By Juergen Sattler in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Jun-2004, 12:37
  5. Freezing 4x5 sheet film
    By Bernard Negrin in forum Darkroom: Film, Processing & Printing
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 8-Jun-2001, 12:12


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts