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Good day! Lately Fuji slides have been enjoying some popularity because of their quality and reasonable prices. A friend told me, however, that Kodak still has an edge because they last longer and don't fade even after some time. I was wondering if this was true. What do you guys think?
-- miguel (email@example.com), March 10, 1999
Hmmm...havn't heard that before.
I do know that what can make a difference in how long slides keep without fading or fungal growth is in how they are stored. Here are a few guidelines I picked up;
- Keep them in a dry area with lower than 60% humidity
- Use archival sleeves which are supposedly PH balanced and all that (I'm not sure if these things are available here, but some companies in the U.S. specialize in 'archival storage' prducts.
- Keep them in a metal box since wood gives of some chemical/gas as it ages (formalin I think)
- Keep them in an air-conditioned room
Maybe storage methods could account for the differences your friend saw in the archival qualities of Kodak and Fuji slides. See, in terms of color neg paper, its the other way around. They say Fuji color paper lasts longer than the Kodak paper, around 50 years without fading they say. Could be myths, unless someone comes up with scientific data to support it. Then again the propagation of myth is sometimes what advertising in photography is about anyway.
-- Tommy Zablan (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 10, 1999.
I guess you could add quality of processing as a factor which can dictate the storage life of a slide. I'll see if I can find more info on storing slides.
-- Carlo Ma. Guerrero (email@example.com), March 11, 1999.
Kodak still has an edge over Fuji when it comes to slide film. ...Sorry still don't have complete info on print film.
Fujichromes last up to 40 years while Kodak's Kodachrome lasts 200yrs. and Ektachrome lasts 120 years.
-- Carlo Ma. Guerrero (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 14, 1999.
Don't worry you won't be around for the next 100 years. Digital age is coming, film might last for a hundred of years disc will last for a thousand years.
-- Alvin S. Granada (email@example.com), June 13, 1999.