Probably a bad day for my film

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  1. tjaded

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    I woke up this morning to find a big ol' jug of water in my fridge decided to leak and filled the crisper drawer full of film with water. All kinds of new and old 4x5. The only possible saving grace could be that most were still factory sealed, so the ones in black plastic bags inside should be ok. I discovered it on my way out the door...and here is the great irony of life: The reason I discovered it was that I decided to sell it off at my new film shop for those that like to buy expired film. Cruel world.
     
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    Try advertising it as "Already pre-soaked."
     
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    If its all still in plastic inside the boxes it may still be good. If you aren't willing to check it out, send it to me, I'll pay postage and take a chance on it.
     
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    Use it for scuba diving photography.

    Steve
     
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    I feel your pain :sad:

    Selling could be hard, but you could just clean it in distilled water, dry it, and it should be usable as new. Using it right away could lead to some troubles with stains.
     
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    This won't help you with your current situation, but ....

    Film in either my freezer or my fridge is stored inside seal-able plastic containers ("Tupperware" or competitors). That way if something is spilled in the fridge, or the freezer fails, the film is protected from moisture.

    It also means no orphan rolls hiding behind the broccoli :smile:.
     
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    As far as I know 135 film should always be kept in its plastic container which is air-tight and is factory filled with dry (low-humidity) air so that the film can go in and out of the fridge, or the freezer, without condensation problems. For the same reason when one takes a roll out of the fridge/freezer he should let it reach room temperature before opening the plastic canister.

    I suppose your factory-sealed rolls have had no damage from this incident.

    Fabrizio
     
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    I got home late last night and checked out a few boxes. The Kodak stuff seems like it will be fine, except for some readyloads. Efke=toast. Ilford seems to have had multiple ways of doing the inner bags, so some will survive and others will make good test loading sheets for students to practice with! All in all, not nearly as bad as I was expecting.
     
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    I suppose in the future you will store film on the top shelf of the reefer, not in a drawer.
     
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    That's the sad part...I don't normally keep film there. It was a temporary holding spot so I could take it into my shop the next day! Someone (ok me) taught me a tough lesson! Luckily it was mostly old/expired stuff that was just for goofing around anyway.