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    Longevity of unopened Fuji pack film

    I picked up a Mamiya RB67 recently, with the HP701 polaroid back.
    Where I am pack film is incredibly expensive - $30 for a pack of FP-100C 10 3.25" x 4.25" sheets. I am looking into making a big order from B&H who seem to have it relatively cheap, but I have been trying to find out how long pack film was good for if you stored it say in the freezer.

    So anyone know?

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    Most say you shouldn't freeze pack film as the liquid can break out. It can be refrigerated at least.

    Personally I don't even bother doing that. Heck, people are still buying outdated Polaroid film on eBay.

    I think the expiry dates are very conservative.

    Data sheet says under 10C for long term storage: http://www.canemco.com/catalog/Techn..._datasheet.pdf
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    Don't freeze

    As stated by the poster above, it's a bad idea to freeze Polaroid the biggest issue besides that is your chemicals drying out. The 100c and 3000b film have no batteries unlike the 600 speed film so it should last longer in the fridge. Most very old packs (ie over 6 years) are useless the chemicals have dried out and therefore don't spread and in the case of the battery ones the battery dies.
    You should be ok for a few years at least but the colour may become unstable after a time.
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    I should have said instant film not Polaroid....
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    Don't freeze any type of instant film. It all works on the same principles with a "pod" full of developing chemicals that are spread over the negative and positive. Freezing the film causes the pod to swell and break prematurely and makes the film useless.

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    So it should be all right for a few years if I just stick it in the fridge where I keep all my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightbringer View Post
    So it should be all right for a few years if I just stick it in the fridge where I keep all my film?
    that's it. just put it there. 2 or 3 years over the date are usually no problem if it has been stored properly. but if it's older than that it changes and you have to recalibrate your proceedings. and then it becomes useless because it dries out.

    this is for sheet film packs. integral film (instax) is more sensible to age and integral film with batteries (polaroid and impossible) is worse.

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    I keep all my peel apart in the fridge. The fuji stuff lasts for ages.

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    I recently used a pack of fp100c that expired in 2007. It wasn't stored in the freezer or fridge, I think it was mostly sat on the shelf of the shop I got it from (for free) in Warsaw, so temp ranged from like 15 to 40 celsius.

    It worked fine except for the slight purple, as in completely purple, colour.

    In the fridge is best - as everyone has already mentioned.

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    Would you be able to store it in the fridge in the polaroid back?

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