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Cat Lee

Does cold weather affect photos/negatives?

Hi. This may be a stupid question, but here goes. I know heat has an adverse affect on negatives, but what about cold weather...extremely cold weather (I live in MN). Can that be harmful to your photographs/negatives/slides?

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11/27/2004 10:59:18 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  As far I know, film can withstand extreme cold and fare well.
You may find that the film becomes more brittle during extreme conditions, and care should be taken when advancing or rewinding too fast.

I've used slide films in 0-degree temps and below, and my results seemed normal...(I've never witness those -40 degree days you have to deal with though.)
Your primary concern should be your equipment. Battery life will be short,... and care should be taken to make sure your camera and lenses don't warm up too fast after coming inside.

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11/27/2004 2:38:41 PM

Cat Lee   Thanks for your response, Bob. I was actually wondering more after everything's been developed. Would it be okay to store processed negatives/slides/photographs in extreme cold weather?

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11/27/2004 6:07:21 PM

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