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    How Bad If a Roll of Color Paper is Exposed to Light?

    A friend of mine received a roll of Fuji PIII color paper. But the seal is broken and he is afraid that the roll was already exposed to room light.

    So I just wonder how bad is it if that happened. The roll was never used and the exposure time could be short.

    Would the entire roll fogged and ruined? Or it happens only at the edge since the roll is still very tight? I think if the exposure is very brief and the paper was very tight, light should not go in and most of the paper should be still good.

    It is amazing that there is no other protection other than the single brown/black bag....

    I remember PIII is good for portrait and wedding?

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    Only way to know is by testing some of the paper....but, if tightly rolled and only exposed for a short time, any fogging may well be only at the edges (particularly if it's a wide roll). Worth trying before you decide to throw it out.

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    It is 8" roll. Not going to throw out, but may need to leave some margin if there is any fogging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
    So I just wonder how bad is it if that happened. The roll was never used and the exposure time could be short.
    The roll is probably fine except at the edges. But, keep in mind that even 1/2 second of exposure is waaaayyy too much.
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    But what if this is a 10 second exposure, how much would the light eat into the paper, other than a colored edge? The edge could be just 1/8".

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    Only way to tell if it is fogged is to cut off a strip and process it. Guessing just doesn't work.
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    If flashed the damage should not hit more than the first two feet of the paper, although the edges of whole rolls I have used are yellow tinged from buying them removed from photo machines and packed in two well wrapped garbage bags when I bought them for $5 each. Still a good deal for about 200' per roll.
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    Probably. I'll cut it tonight or tomorrow to see how it looks like.
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    It be a good idea to get to like 5x7 prints.
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    I've seen plenty of 'em over the years; if it was opened long enough for someone to see the edge, then yep, it's all edge-fogged. The only thing that varies is how far in (from the edge) the fog goes in. Generally it's relatively slight, but will almost certainly prevent use as 8" paper. Additionally, the outer wraps of paper will be fogged. It could be as much as 10 to 20 ft of the outer wrap (depending on size of roll).

    Hopefully your first test will show it to be unfogged.

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