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Richard Morriss

Lifespan of Unexposed Film

Hi there,

Can anyone give me there opinion on whether my stock of UNexposed films are still worth using.
I have a mixture of color print film (Fuji Superia, Reala, Fujicolor Press from ISO100 to 1600) and Fuji Neopan400CN (B&W film designed for color process). All are from between 1 to 2 years old and have been stored at room temperature for the past year - shall I dump them?

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1/21/2005 5:28:20 AM

Michael H. Cothran   First, I'd sample a roll, and have it processed. Most likely you'll be ok.
However, in the future, keep all your film in the refrigerator. All the time. And put the film you are referring to in the fridge also! It prolongs the life of the emulsion.
Michael H. Cothran

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1/21/2005 5:40:01 AM

Tom Walker   While in the military I was forced to use outdated film in some 3rd world countries and the only problem I ever experienced was some B+W film bought in Egypt, it had been sitting in a store front window in the sun in a hot climate for several years. I have bought bricks of outdated film on e-bay that was as much as 2 yrs old and kept refrigerated, and never had a problem with it.

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1/29/2005 3:59:13 PM

Tom Walker   having said that, consider what you are shooting, once in a lifetime trip that you can't come back and do over, or a set that you were hired to do, use the freshest film you can get.

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1/29/2005 4:02:50 PM

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