How to store film ?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by jim_weinert, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. I was wondering what is the best way to store film ? should it be kept cool
    inthe fridge or should it go in the freezer ? Also is there a certain time
    frame before i can load it in my camera ?
    Thank you for your advice.

  2. Both methods are possible. Put it in a plastic zipper bag to avoid any moisture.
    From the freezer: It will need several hours to reach the room temperature without too much condensation.
    From the fridge: 1 hour under normal conditions (50-60% rel. humidity).

    Unless it's bulk film. Due to it's mass it will need much more time.

    Best regards,

  3. rnt


    I put mine in the freezer. Polaroid film can't be frozen so that goes in the fridge. Freezing protects against chemical degradation. Film will fog over time from cosmic rays and environmental radiation- the higher the ISO speed, the faster it deteriorates. I let 35mm film warm for 20 - 30 minutes before loading- mostly to avoid condensation.
  4. Correct, 35mm is going quicker than 120 roll film or sheet film.

    However it's not impossible to freeze the Polaroid films......
    But indeed the fridge is better for those films which are incl. chemicals.
  5. Direct from Polaroid: Most importantly, DO NOT FREEZE Polaroid instant film. Freezing can alter the balance of the delicate chemicals and cause processing inconsistencies.
  6. Correct, but freezing is even better than throw away due to overdue exp. date.
  7. I put my film in plastic ziplock type bags and keep it the the bottum vegetable drawer of my fridge. Some if my film is expired by a year or so but is still good when developed.
  8. B&W is OK at room temperature, unless it is infrared. Color should be refrigerated.
  9. I freeze my film. It should keep longer and there are no liquids in the freezer. Everything is frozen solid. Therefore, there is no chance a food spill will contaminate the film.

    According to Kodak, 35mm cassettes and 120 roll films is ready for use in an hour or so. I usually leave mine on the kitchen counter overnight.
  10. I put mine in the refrigerator because when I want to use it all I have to do is let it defrost over night. Notice i didnt say defreeze overnight. Unless you plan to keep some huge stocks, I would just keep in the refrigerator which is about 32F or less. I have a small 3 1/2 foot high, 4 foot deep refrigerator where I store all my stuff.
  11. Correct, but freezing is even better than throw away due to overdue exp. date.
    Not with Polaroid it isn't. Freezing Polaroid will cause it to go bad before the expiration date.
  12. Thank you to everyone for all your advice. Since i wont be storing bulk amounts i will use the vegie drawer and put the film in ziplock bags.

    Thanks Again

  13. Jim, all I have ever read or heard suggests letting film reach room temp before using it from the freezer, and I do. On one occasion I did not have time and used Fuji NPH straight from the freezer and it came out fine. Still best to wait if you can.
  14. William is absolutely correct. Freezing Polaroid film will ruin it immediately. I know. I've done it. Ouch! Won't do that gain. There are gel packs containing the developing agents. If you freeze them, these little pouches may leak, but the gel will certainly decompose leaving nothing there to develop the film.
  15. Interesting Frank. My personal experience with Fuji direkt ready film is that it will work but the colors are not that bright as it should be.

    In principle there is not difference in content between Fuji and Polaroid, however the last one I never tested in the freezer because indeed freezing gels can cause leaks in the packing. Freezing chemicals is normally not a good idea at all.

    But like you can see, some experiences can differ in the practical use.
    But also Fuji is recommending to store their film cool and dry and not in the freezer!
  16. Barry, if the ambient conditions are low humidity, you are less likely to have any kinds of problems. I left my Nikon SLR in the hotel room in Florida in July with the AC on, and the lens fogged internally when I went outside. Looked like David Hamilton was shooting, but without the naked women.

    I believe condensation is the concern, I actually put single film cans in my pocket, it seems to warm them up, and who knows, you might cool your pocket depending on what you are wearing.

    We could do a survey, and I would wager most folks on this forum have more cubic feet of film than peas in the freezer.

    I am thinking of suggesting a series of tests to determine which is the best freezer or fridge for photo film users, and I need a new one, the drain in mine is broken and I have some moldy boxes of paper and film which may or may not have plastic seals inside. ;-)
  17. riz


    I have just bought two packs of Fuji ProPlus II 200 (containing 10 films in total). So will they be going to fridge or freezer?
  18. My film storage preferences depend on whether it's a frost-free fridge/freezer. The only time I've experienced problems was with a chest freezer that needed to be defrosted once or twice a year. Some of my 120 film developed mottling due to moisture trapped between the film and paper backing. If I had only a non-frost-free freezer, I'd use the refrigerator instead.
    With frost-free units it doesn't seem to matter whether the film is in the freezer or refrigerator. The dry air minimizes problems with moisture.

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