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    35mm film - From the fridge to the freezer?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm getting a huge shipment of Ektachrome later this week, and I figure that I would throw all that in the freezer as soon as I got it, but what about all the Ektachrome and Velvia in 35mm that I already have in the fridge? They're all still in their original boxes and containers, so is it okay to move these all to the freezer, since I won't be able to shoot all of it by the expiry date? Will there be any moisture problems?

    I'm freaking out, since I've heard of certain types of freezers possibly ruining film, and I'm saving a lot of my E-6 film for much later. I want that Ektachrome to last!

    Thanks!
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    Freezer won't hurt the film at all. Just transfer it from fridge to freezer. ZERO ISSUES.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    I freeze everything. No issues so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasLangGenius View Post
    I've heard of certain types of freezers possibly ruining film
    I'm not sure why a type of freezer would be harmful. The only variable is temperature and they don't vary too much.


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    The freezers that automatically defrost are not ideal for film.
    Matt

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    Unexposed film can be frozen, deep frozen for however long you want to. Forget about cosmic rays, aliens and grandma's left over chooklotto pieces. The one point you need to take care with is preparing to use it: after deep freezing, allow one — ideally two hours to bring the film to room temperature. Roll film is especially susceptible to damage and should be placed in a sealed bag after exposure and only refrigerated (not frozen).
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    The freezers that automatically defrost are not ideal for film.
    I'd never thought of that Matt, that's a good point.
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    The freezers that automatically defrost are not ideal for film.
    Don't they all?

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    Best non-commercial freezers I've found for film are deep chest freezers.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Homage to EASmithV

    I refrigerate everything. No issues so far.

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