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    Does film need to be kept in the freezer?

    Or is a refrigerator good enough? I've been keeping mine in the refrigerator.

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    Ya it's good enough, but if it's expired, you should put it in the freezer.

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    You should put it in the freezer well before it has expired.

    If it has expired, it has expired. Too late.

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    Depends on how long you want to keep it for. I have never refrigerated film but I tend to use it within a few weeks of buying it.

    I have successfully used Kodachrome 23 years past its use by date which has never seen the inside of a fridge.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    If it has expired, it has expired. Too late.
    Well, It doesn't suddenly go bad at midnight on the expiry date. It's a slow deterioration.


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    Of course it is a slow deterioration.
    The people who put a date on the box know that too.

    When it's expired, it's expired.

    Put it in the freezer well before that.

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    The people put a date there that really means "Before this date it should be good in any case" (if not for example overheated in a cars window on summer etc..). Of course they dont put a date there so that theres a big risk that the film will be bad already a couple months before that (normally stored).

    If you are going to shoot it before expiry date, you shouldnt need to put it in the freezer.

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    It's ok to put film in the refrigerator, but I put in the freezer just in case.

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    Both freezing and refrigeration slow down the film's normal deterioration, freezing just slows it down more.
    In an ideal world, I would put stuff I intended to use x number years in the future in the freezer, otherwise the fridge is fine.

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    Expiration date is calculated for certain storage conditions. For b&w and amateur color films this usually means room temperature. Professional color films are expected to be stored in refrigerator. If you store your films in lower temperature it will last longer than manufacturer's expiration date. It will not last forever though.

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