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    120 paper backing

    So I know this is a bit of a n00b question, but in preparation for a shoot, i've always taken all my 120 rolls out of the box and into my bag, but never out of the foil wrapping until I load it into my inserts on location. How safe would it be to unwrap them for long periods of time? As in unwrap them all the day before a wedding during prep so I have less trash to deal with during the day? It's like at the end of a wedding my pockets are full of foil wrappings and i'm always looking for a trashcan to dump them.

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    I don't think I can recall a problem with having done that. But I also like to save the wrapper many times to put the film back into, just as an extra measure to protect my shots.

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    should be alright.

    film's tough and they're normally wound real tight.

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    Ideally, the film should say in the foil, but you already understand that. I certainly understand and have experienced the problem.
    That said, it will be fine. You may want to unwrap one or two rolls less than what you would expect to use, so that any leftovers can stay sealed.

    If any of it will be going back into refrigeration, I would put the rolls into a zip lock or similar. Also, if you're cooling your stock, you should not unseal them until they're warm.

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    Keep it in the foil because it's 100 percent light-proof and humidity-proof.

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    You can also buy plastic film keepers from Freestyle (and others) that hold 120 rolls nicely. They consist of two tubes with thread together, essentially a double wall. I use them and label them with film type, when I go out shooting. I just grab the film I want, then put it back in after winding. I still keep it in the foil before use, but if I knew I would be in a hurry, I'd feel better than having them bounce around in my bag naked.

    Here is one - for $2 they are hard to beat, if you like using them. http://www.freestylephoto.biz/820381...ner?cat_id=804

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Keep it in the foil because it's 100 percent light-proof and humidity-proof.
    I doubt that the metallised foil is lightproof.

    EDIT: I have just checked. It isn't!


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    Steve... well that smashes my 30+ year old false-belief. At least the foil is humidity and oxygen proof... and protects "somewhat" from light. I'll not be removing mine from the foil until I'm ready to load it.

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    You can make light proof tubes yourself by cutting the ends off 2 35mm canisters and attaching them together. Measure with an empty spool the correct length and give it a bit more space to move a bit inside and for the cap. Black canisters are best for this. You can attach them with a few wraps of aluminum tape.

    Much cheaper than commercial tubes and you get film out quicker without unscrewing.

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    Or you can buy Adox film which comes with rather nice plastic cannisters.

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/images/prod/126512.jpg


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