Exposed film??

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by BenF, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. BenF

    BenF Guest

    Hi all,

    Just wanna ask a few questions about slide film storage prior to
    exposure and after. For the record, im asking about pro films, ie the
    velvias and provias etc....

    Im goin up north (of WA) in a month of so and takin a heap of film with
    me. I got an engel fridge in my car so im guessing ill store it in the
    fridge on the way up and prior to usage.
    What about after ive shot it???.. i would prefer to bring my films back
    to perth for processing for cost reasons so where do i store it in the
    mean time??? (also thinking about the hot humid conditions)...

    Any help is appreciated
    BenF, Aug 1, 2005
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  2. BenF

    macropod Guest

    Hi Ben,

    Until the film is processed, keep it stored in the fridge. Exposed/not
    exposed makes no difference to the storage requirements. Plus, try to keep
    the film in the camera cool too (eg don't leave it in your car during the

    macropod, Aug 1, 2005
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  3. Does pro film need to be treated differently to consumer film ?

    David Springthorpe, Aug 1, 2005
  4. BenF

    macropod Guest

    Does pro film need to be treated differently to consumer film ?
    Not as far as exposure to heat and/or x-rays is concerned.

    In most respects, pro and consumer films are the same, often even down to
    the emulsions etc.

    macropod, Aug 1, 2005
  5. BenF

    Phred Guest

    Okay, so why are we so often told pro films are more sensitive and
    need to be mollycoddled much more than consumer stuff?

    If what you say is true, and I'm not challenging it, then I presume
    the issue is that the great unwashed are happy to put up with
    variable, or even declining, quality; but pros aren't. Perhaps
    because the aforementioned hoi polloi don't know the difference, or
    it's not all that important for family happy snaps?

    Cheers, Phred.
    Phred, Aug 1, 2005
  6. BenF

    Poxy Guest

    The latent image on exposed film has a much shorter life than the film
    itself, so it's more important to handle exposed film carefully (keep it at
    a stable temp) and get it developed ASAP.
    Poxy, Aug 2, 2005
  7. BenF

    John_H Guest

    How about a wide mouth thermos flask (along with a satchel of silica
    gel)?... If you're using 35mm it might even fit through the mouth of
    a standard stainless steel Aladdin -- which are about the toughest
    thermos going.

    Next best thing might be one of those small insulated coolers meant to
    hold a couple of beer cans (with the film plus desiccant in a closed
    plastic bag).

    As you're no doubt aware... you'll be in trouble from condensation if
    you put the film back in the fridge once it's been removed from its
    packaging -- as those of us who live in the tropics have probably all
    learnt the hard way. :)
    John_H, Aug 2, 2005
  8. I'd make sure the thermos has a very wide "mouth."
    Putting film into a narrow "mouthed" flask may be possible but once it is in
    there (especially if there are more than one) then to line up the cannister
    to the opening would be a pretty horrendous task with the canisters likely
    as not getting hopelessly jammed.
    Agree with your comments about exposed film and heat and humidity though.

    Gerrit 't Hart, Aug 2, 2005
  9. i second that,

    I spoke to fuji about this and found out Sensia and Astia are from the
    same Curcut roll, the only difference is that sensia is from the outside
    of the the curcut roll, have you every wondered why sensia is RA and
    astia is RAP (the P is for professional),
    Sebastian Hegarty, Aug 2, 2005
  10. BenF

    Phred Guest

    I live in the tropics, and I put all my exposed films back in the
    fridge in their little plastic cannisters. Recently had a bunch of
    rolls processed that had been in the fridge for more than a year
    (missed them at the back :) and they were still perfectly good. Mind
    you, you may have to take a bit of care when you take them out -- I
    don't do it while there's dew on the grass (i.e. early morning) or
    while it's raining.

    Cheers, Phred.
    Phred, Aug 2, 2005
  11. BenF

    John_H Guest

    Perhaps some processors don't notice the water!

    The one and only time I tried it, in what I thought were relatively
    dry conditions, two films came back with notes attached and there were
    visible marks on some frames.

    Clearly it's going to depend on dew point relative to the fridge
    temperature.... As I write this the outside dewpoint is 14°C
    (according to Mr Davis), and it's the middle of winter (the dry
    season). The inside dewpoint, in the absence of air conditioning, is
    probably considerably higher.

    Presumably the film inside the cassette will also be surrounded by its
    own little micro climate depending on where it's been -- ie the point
    at which it goes back in the cannister doesn't necessarily determine
    the amount of moisture surrounding it. If it's been exposed to high
    humidity at any point after being removed from the cannister I'd
    suggest that you're running a high risk of condensation forming.

    I store all my unexposed film in the fridge, but make a point of never
    putting a film back in the fridge once the cannister's been opened.
    John_H, Aug 2, 2005
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