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    Organizing your film...

    Moderators please move this if its in the wrong spot.

    So I just decided all my film is organized terribly, in that I did it by what I would use most vs least not by color or size, but now I can't find stuff or I'm forced to open a frozen container for that one roll of 116 I wanted to shoot etc.

    Two things, one is I'm "done" shooting old film. I plan to use up what I have, enjoy the nostalgia and move on, the only thing I will do is still use my old folders so I plan to do a bunch of re-rolling of 70mm into 116/616 spools.

    But in the mean time if I don't freeze it, the old stuff will be even worse.

    So how do you organize your film? Any suggestions B&W / CN / slide or by Kodak / ilford or by 120/135/116/70mm or what?

    I may not heed anyone's advice and take bits and prices of it but I want to get a sense of those who have a good storage flow for them. Thanks!

    I don't have a lot of film but I'm defrosting my freezer so I can show it all.



    Yes I know to keep Polaroid flat that was just for display, and some stuff is still defrosting so the bags aren't permanent and can be adjusted, everything will go into "snapware" which is like Tupperware but better and good for freezers.

    Right now it's just in piles of B&W / CN / Transparency and then separated by size 120/116/13570mm etc.

    The few oddballs I'll just have to deal with, but I'm sort of curious what others suggest?

    Thanks!


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    I keep a spreadsheet of my stock so I know what I have. The actual films are sort of divided into a semi-logical manner and in large zip loc bags. I don't freeze my film though. They are in my refrigerator in refrigerated section.

    If I change my mind about certain film, I just sell them off in APUG classified section and move on.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    The fuji instant you have should probably not be frozen. Fridge would be better. Me, I stick to less variety of film options. TMY2 is 95% of what I've got my in my freezer. I bag it up by size. 120/4x5/8x10,etc...

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    Organizing your film...

    Quote Originally Posted by jp498 View Post
    The fuji instant you have should probably not be frozen. Fridge would be better. Me, I stick to less variety of film options. TMY2 is 95% of what I've got my in my freezer. I bag it up by size. 120/4x5/8x10,etc...
    Yea I know that too, I should have clarified that in asking about the film not Polaroid stuff. But thanks for the warning.

    I'm really trying to get this stuff gone through so I can buy more Pan F+, Tmax400, Delta3200 and Velvia/Provia and be done with the rest, I would sell this portra 120 I have to someone but its mostly expired except the "new" portra is new and the Ektar is brand new, I would trade it for tmax400 or pan F etc. too, anyway for now I just want it organized. Some of this stuff HAS to go to the freezer because its expired, anything expired goes to the freezer unless I'm ready to use it tomorrow


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    Organizing your film...

    Well it's done... For now...




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    Organizing your film...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Screw organizing the film! I have two freezers of no longer available film and I just throw more film in. I swear that there is no way to keep it organized!
    Want to trade some? I want to get rid of my portra and my Ektar, I have about 8 rolls of new portra/portra VC and 6 rolls of Ektar I will trade for any B&W films,


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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Well it's done... For now...




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    Nicely done and a nice supply of film.
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    Organizing your film...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    What and part with my Kodak Tri-X Pan 320 in 120 rolls? How about you take my ex-wife, p*l*e*a*s*e!
    Depends on what she looks like and what's she's into

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtO View Post
    Nicely done and a nice supply of film.
    Thanks, as I said its not perfect but for now it's the best I can do, REALLY need to cut down on this old $#!t and stick with what's available, it's not that it's all bad just that when you are hired for a job it's different than playing and enjoying the unique results, and I don't have room for both and still have room for my ice cream... Haha


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    I recently pared down my film accumulation. I started by taking a thorough inventory, then by creating a spreadsheet. I found I had less than ten rolls each of several films I wasn't particularly interested in, which I bagged up and gave away. I found I have 90+ rolls (120) of E100GX; how'd that happen? I also discovered I had two baggies with assorted 35mm film ready to shoot; why two?

    Nearly all the film in the freezer is 120/220. Nearly all the film in the fridge is 135. I'm currently shooting a lot more 135 than 120 so I suppose this makes sense, sort of. I also had way more film stashed in drawers in the basement than I was aware of. Several cans of bulk 135 in the fridge, plus three or four loaders loaded, most of the bulk film was expired when I bought it... I really ought to acquire some empty cassettes and use this stuff.

    (I did a really stupid thing last week, in a fit of boredom: I applied prices to my spreadsheet. Never do this.)

    Most of the film went into gallon-size zip-lock bags, back into the freezer. 35mm film and 120 that I want to use up I carried downstairs and stuffed into a few empty shallow drawers that look like they're made for this kind of thing. And now I know what I have and what I don't need to purchase more of any time soon. Except I could do with some more Portra 400, and some 800 could come in handy with the darkness lingering longer, and I haven't given Delta 3200 a really good trial...
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    I use a spreadsheet to keep track of my film stocks, and keep the actual film in zip-lock bags in big chest freezer bought for the purpose in my basement to avoid my wife complaining about me taking up all the space in her food freezer.
    Ben

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