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    What's the life of refridgerated Polaroid?

    So, given the news that Polaroid may not be making their film much longer, I assume there will be people other than myself looking to stock up.

    Anyone have any idea how long Polaroid lasts in the fridge or freezer?

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    No freezer (see PE's post in the other thread) but refrigerating is OK for some time.

    For type 59, expect a color shift when the film is over date.
    See some of my most recent Polaroids here, made with 12 months over date 59 film:
    http://sheetfilm.be/zenphoto/index.php?album=basket

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    As I understand it they have stopped manufacture, but say that they have sufficient stock to see them through 2009 by which time they intend to sell the manufacturing rights to the far east. That suggests to me that the stuff has a long shelf life.
    Regards Dave.

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    I've had some 665 in the fridge for more than a year and recently used some of that- it was totally fine.
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    A couple of years generally. When it gets too old, the pods dry out, and you get color shifts with color materials, and undeveloped corners with all the peel apart films.

    If you're shooting on a smaller format than the film (like 6x6 or 6x7 with the medium format pack film) the undeveloped corners aren't as much of a problem.
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    Ah, I should have mentioned that I only shoot 664 packs so color shift won't be a problem. I can even compensate for EI changes since I don't rely on the Polaroids for exposure information aside from brightness and lighting ratios. I use it for both medium format and 4x5, so edge degradation could be a problem in the latter case.

    While I know they don't expect to run out of stock for a while, I plan to stock up in advance rather than risk waiting too long. I'm not always on top of news like this, so I probably won't even know when it's gone until I stop seeing it listed by suppliers.

    I also use FB-100B Fuji which I presume hasn't mentioned anything about quiting production. If that remains available, I will probably not stock up so much on Polaroid. I assume it would have the same keeping characteristics as Polaroid.

    Anyway, it sounds like it keeps in the fridge for at least a couple years. Does freezing it offer any advantage or is freezing harmful?

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    I don't remember the argument but I think hard freezing is a nono. I guess the pods can become gummy or something.

    About the fp100b and c, I wrote a plea to Fuji about that some time back and got some lovely reply that they are pleased to continue to offer them well into the future and then they proceeded to inform me of several other films that weren't even on the US market at the time. Anyway I adore the Fuji stuff (except for image transfers) and just wish I could shoot it past 4x5. And I pray that Fuj will take a close look at type 55 and 665.... C'mon Fuji, in the name of St. Ansel and Dr. Land....
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    I could deal with pack film for 4x5", but it would be convenient to be able to keep using my 545 holder, and since Fuji already makes packet films that are compatible with the 545 holder, it seems like they're more than halfway there toward a replacement for 4x5" Polaroid sheet films.

    Now if they could do 8x10", maybe they could also develop 8x10" Quickloads--that would be fancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    I adore the Fuji stuff (except for image transfers)
    What happens or doesn't happen when you use the Fuji for image transfers or emulsion lifts?
    The unsuitability of Fuji , for these processes, has been mentioned in other forums but without description.
    I use Polaroid fro these processes 90% of the time and it would be great if I could successfully switch to Fuji (although I don't see any 8x10 from Fuji).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller View Post
    As I understand it they have stopped manufacture, but say that they have sufficient stock to see them through 2009 by which time they intend to sell the manufacturing rights to the far east. That suggests to me that the stuff has a long shelf life.
    It does not.

    They keep the master rolls in a cooler and slit, chop and assemble using fresh pods. It is mainly the pod that controlles shelf life which is about 6 months beyond the stamped date if refrigerated.

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