Film storage - Question from a traveler

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Frank Coté, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Frank Coté

    Frank Coté Guest

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Next year I'll be traveling through Eastern Europe and I'm a bit nervous
    about the films I wish to use. I usually shoot Fuji Provia/Velvia/Sensia and
    Ilford Delta 400, plus I wish to try Kodak Portra NC/VC, just to see. The
    thing is I'm backpacking and sleeping in my tent. I have no way to
    refrigerate my films, and these are supposed to be kept at low temperature.
    I never had problems with them since they're always stored in my freezer
    with silica gel.

    My questions are:
    1 - What is going to happen to my pictures if my films spend 3 months in my
    backpack through high and low temperatures? Did anybody have a bad
    experience with this?
    2 - What tips can you give me to keep them cold? How can, for example, a guy
    from National Geographic go and spend 5 months in the jungle and come back
    with astonishing pictures if the films degrade themselves?
    3 - If my situation is really problematic, is there an alternative? I
    wouldn't want to have to bring with me that damn Fuji Superia... it used to
    satisfy me, but that what eons ago...
    Frank Coté, Jan 1, 2004
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  2. Hi

    One solution would be to buy films on the road, but that can be troublesome
    (not all photo shops keep Velvia home...)

    One thing you could do, was to get the films developed when you got to a
    bigger city, and this way stop any further degrading...

    Best regards

    René Ernst Nielsen
    René Ernst Nielsen, Jan 1, 2004
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  3. Frank Coté

    Frank Coté Guest

    That's an excellent idea, I hadn't thought of that!
    Thank you René!
    Frank Coté, Jan 2, 2004
  4. It's the temperature extreme fluctuations you need to be worried
    about, if anything. I've used all the films you're using extensively
    and haven' t had any problems with any of them through 'normal'
    temperature changes.

    My recent travels have taken me from my home, on very cold military
    transport aircraft across the north atlantic, temperature fluctuations
    in and out of commercial aircraft and terminals, etc, then back onto
    military transport through very hot temperatures into Kuwait and Iraq.
    After 90 days and no refrigerated or frozen time, all the film made it
    home safely and processed beautifully. No worries.

    It's my understanding, and more knowledgable readers may correct me on
    this, that pro film is kept cold because it's 'aged' to it's peak
    performance level during manufacturing and cold keeps it from aging
    further. Consumer films are shipped 'young' and are expected to age
    on the shelf of a store. It seems reasonable that Fuji and Kodak
    aren't going to leave thousands of pros hanging with film that will go
    bad days out of the fridge.

    Keep your film in a fairly insulated space that keeps it out of direct
    heat or cold. You should be just fine. Have a great trip!
    Oscar T. Grouch, Jan 8, 2004
  5. Frank Coté

    Frank Coté Guest

    Thanks a lot for this information, I'm happy to hear this!


    Oscar T. Grouch a écrit dans le message ...
    Frank Coté, Jan 11, 2004
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