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Earlier this week I posted a question regarding placing boxes of sheet film in the refridgerator. Thanks to all who responded! One individual stated that he doesn't place an already opened box of sheet film in the refrigerator. Oh, oh! I did that. Is the film ruined?
So, let me see if I got this right. You should ONLY place unopened boxes of film in the refrigerator, right? After it's opened, it should stay out of the fridge.
Thanks for your help and responses!
-- Ron Whitaker (email@example.com), June 08, 2000
I regularly refrigerate opened boxes of film, although only those emulsions that I use infrequently. I store my regular emulsions at room temperature so that they're always ready for use.
The only issue as far as I know is condensation on the film when it's brought out of the fridge. I live in an arrid environment, and I've never had to take any special precautions. If you live in a humid area, try keeping the film in a ziplock bag or tupperware type container until it warms to room temperature.
-- David Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 08, 2000.
No problem if its in an airtight container. Thats where those ammo boxes I mentioned come in. I do it all the time.
-- Wayne (email@example.com), June 08, 2000.
I refrigerate mine all the time. No problems.
-- Jim Billlups (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 08, 2000.
I put all film boxes (open or unopened) in the freezer (not in ziplock bags, but it's dry here, so I only need 1 hr of warmup time). Loaded holders that were unused after a photo trip go into ziplock bags and then into old quickload boxes into the fridge. I used to live in a humid environment, in which case I'd move film (not in ziplock bags) from the fridge into a special photo dry cabinet and let it sit overnight.
-- James Chow (email@example.com), June 08, 2000.
Ron, it shouldn't be a problem. I regularly keep an opened box or two of FP4+ in the frige in zip-loc bags. When I need more film I simply take the bags out and let them sit for a few hours at room temperature before removing the boxes of film. I've encountered nary a problem thus far, so I think you're alright as long as you've got the film in bags. If not, toss 'em in a zip-loc before you take them out and you should still be relatively safe.
Just a thought...
-- Dave Munson (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 08, 2000.