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    Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    Is freezing silver gelatin paper a good strategy for extending the shelf life?

    Should I put the paper in a freezer bag or something similar?

    If there is a better approach, please share.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    I've frozen mine...
    I leave it in the unopened factory packaging, then place it in a freezer compatible ziplock bag for moisture/frost protection.

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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    Thanks for confirming. What's the longest time you've had paper in the freezer and then pulled it out and used it? I am trying to get an idea of the limits?


    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    I've frozen mine...
    I leave it in the unopened factory packaging, then place it in a freezer compatible ziplock bag for moisture/frost protection.

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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    Quote Originally Posted by LFLarry View Post
    Thanks for confirming. What's the longest time you've had paper in the freezer and then pulled it out and used it? I am trying to get an idea of the limits?
    I've frozen silver gelatin paper for 40 years without issue. Probably the oldest stock was 20 or so years; still good. Like jp, I put the package into a ziplock bag.

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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    Thank you. That is exactly the type of validation I was seeking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Alan9940 View Post
    I've frozen silver gelatin paper for 40 years without issue. Probably the oldest stock was 20 or so years; still good. Like jp, I put the package into a ziplock bag.

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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    I agree using a zip lock or plastic sealed top container is best to freeze paper for long periods of time. You will also find that the warmer emulsions, i.e. those with a chloride component to the emulsion will keep longer, pure Bromide / Iodine emulsion papers not as long. Extended periods of time for any emulsion will tend to lose a bit of contrast prior to actually showing fog.


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