Colour Fuji Instant Preservation

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Ian Leake, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Ian Leake

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    Does anyone know much about long term preservation of Fuji Instant prints. I'm using some FP-100c for proofing trannies, but it has a very distinctive look which I'd like to preserve.

    Thanks in advance,

    Ian.
     
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    The usual advice, keep away from light, temperature and humidity. Print File makes some nice Polaroid holders and I use Print File for all my negatives and prints.
     
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    Ian,

    I am not very good in English, but if I understand you correctly, the following links (Fuji Technical Reports) may help.

    http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/rd/report/rd048/pack/pdf/ff_rd048_001.pdf

    Very unfortunately it is Japanese only (except the abstract part).

    In this report Fuji claim as follows:
    1. Fig. 4 in Page 3 and Photo 3 in Page 4: Have 4-fold resistance than the previous type for fading caused by light exposure (Xe3000lux)
    2. Photo 2 in Page 3: Have UV protective clear coat that consists of fine TiO2.

    There is quite a lot of information about film in Fuji Technical Reports and some very useful information about filters (such as how to properly eliminate blue cast in shaded areas for colour photos and why, not to mention applicable to Fuji films, but may also for useful for Kodak films, but these info are only in Japanese, and even Japanese cannot easily find it out in Fuji’s web site since it is located at the very obscure place in their website.

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    Great stuff! Thanks for tracking that down. Is there similar info for FP-100B and FP-3000B anywhere?
     
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    They don't last long in sunlight. I did a test a couple years back.
     
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    Thanks so much for the link and explanation. This is really useful.

    I interpret Figure 3 as saying that after 84 days under 3,000 lux Xenon lights, the FP100c suffers a 10% loss of something in Japanese. I assume that 'something' is a measure of image fading. Does that make sense?

    84 days at 3,000 lux is an exposure of approximately 6,000,000 lux hours. On the wall in typical living room (away from direct sunlight, etc.) there could be an exposure of, say, 12,000 lux hours per day. This would lead to 10% fading in just under a year and a half. UV glass would presumably extend that, but it's far from ideal.

    jun - Does the Japanese text say anything about ways to increase the print's lifetime? I seem to remember that Polaroid advised careful rinsing and drying of their instant prints, for example. But if there's a fancy anti-UV coating on the FP100c then I wouldn't want to inadvertently wash that off.

    What I'm trying to understand is whether it's 'safe' for me to display the instant prints I'm making, or whether they're destined for a portfolio box.