Does Kodak Portra film need refrigeration after it is exposed?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by hba1c, Oct 27, 2004.

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    hba1c Guest

    I will be using the film about 250 miles from home and I will not be
    returning home for two days after it is exposed.
    hba1c, Oct 27, 2004
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  2. No. It can easily go a few days or even a few weeks without refrigeration.
    The refrigeration is to keep it from aging during the 6 to 12 months from
    the time it leaves the factory until you finally use and develop it.
    Michael A. Covington, Oct 27, 2004
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    McLeod Guest

    No. Storing a film in a refrigerator just slows down the ageing
    process of film. Storing a film in a freezer keeps it looking the
    same even longer.
    Days, weeks, even a few months at room temperature will not change a
    film that much. The only thing that can really damage film is heat.
    Don't leave your film locked in your car with the windows closed in
    the summertime, don't store it on a hot water radiator or in the
    window of your hotel room and you will have no problem.
    McLeod, Oct 27, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Put in original canisters. Wrap in big fluffy towel. Bury in trunk of car.
    Don't worry about it.
    Alan Browne, Oct 27, 2004
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    filmdesigner Guest

    No, as long as you keep it near room temperature and not in a car's
    glove compartment.
    filmdesigner, Oct 28, 2004
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    Joe Pucillo Guest

    Wasn't it hba1c who said...
    No. In fact, once the film has been unsealed from its canister
    (or original packaging, in the case of roll film) I would advise
    that you DON'T refrigerate it.

    When film is warmed to the ambient temperature after being
    refrigerated, it is subject to surface condensation which would
    dry on the film potentially leaving residue which would mar the
    surface. This is why you only refrigerate film in its sealed
    packaging, and wait until the film warms to the temperature of
    the surrounding environment before breaking that seal.

    If you were to refrigerate the film, unsealed, after it was
    exposed, you would subject the film to the effects of
    condensation once again.

    Only refrigerate film before use, and only in its original
    factory 'air'.
    Joe Pucillo, Oct 28, 2004
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    Mick Brown Guest

    I did a wedding in Bali a couple of years ago, the average temp was 35 deg C
    with a humidity close to 100%, the portra had no issues at all and printed
    up great on my return to Australia a week later.
    Mick Brown, Oct 28, 2004
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    Marc 182 Guest

    If you return exposed film to it's air-tight container and refrigerate
    it, and then later allow it to warm *without opening the container*,
    there will be no condensation. Condensation forms when relatively warm
    and moist air touches a colder surface. So long as the film and the
    trapped air are allowed to warm up together in the sealed plastic can,
    no relatively cold surface is available to condense on.

    If you refrigerate unused film, and then yank it from your fridge and
    slap it in your camera, you risk instant condensation. All refrigerated
    film should be allowed to warm in it's sealed container.

    Finally, exposed film is more sensitive to heat than unexposed film.
    That latent image will fade with time/heat. A few days is nothing to
    worry about. If it's going to be weeks (African safari?) refridgeration
    would be a good idea.

    Marc 182, Oct 29, 2004
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