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    How long will color film last in the freezer

    I am thinking about buying som 8x10 velvia and storing it in the freezer for later use--never know when things will disappear. How long can I expect it to last.

    From reading here, I would say a couple years past expiration at least right?
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    My fujichrome lasted 10 years before I shot it. My guess it would have lasted longer if I left it there!

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    A friend just had a roll of 1991 120 Reala developed and printed. Everything looked fine. I'm slowly working my way through 2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006 120 E-6 & C-41 film. No worries. Similar vintage B&W is fine too. All of this film has been stored cold for most of it's life.
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    Ten years for most emulsions is not unreasonable. Buy the film now and keep it from the hoarders!

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    The higher the speed, the shorter the useful shelf life of frozen film: Kodachrome 25 Professional, exp. 10/1993, virtually unaffected; Kodachrome 200 Professional, exp. 11/1992, fogged with very reduced maximum density; Fujichrome RFP 50, exp. 05/1991, still usable, but quite cool; Ektachrome 400, exp. 08/1992, blue D-max, pale, washed-out colors - I would recommend to store 400 ASA slide film at most for five years after expiration, 100 ASA film for 10 years, and to finish all Kodachrome, irrespective of speed, before the end of 2010

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    I didn't realize that you can keep film up to 10 years in a freezer. Good to know! (I keep my film in the freezer, but didn't know I keep it that long!)

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    I've shot (B/w obviously) nitrate film that expired in 1946 and still got decent results. Quite liked it actually. Used it at ISO 6 though, so all shots had to be wide open!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz_Anderle View Post
    Kodachrome 25 Professional, exp. 10/1993, virtually unaffected
    I've actually gotten good results from frozen K25 that expired in 11/1989.

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    I used K25 from 1981, frozen since purchase, last month. The results were ever so slightly magenta, but not disturbingly so. The Dmax looks fine as well.

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    I wouldn't want to keep burgers in the freezer as long as I keep film there. You're talking decades. My last roll of K25 is still at the bottom, and I'm going to set it free next year.
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