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Freezing, Re-Freezing Film

Arjun Mehra , Sep 04, 2007; 02:01 a.m.

To your knowledge, does frequent freezing, defrosting, and re-freezing of a roll of film do any damage to it? I ask because I usually place my film in the freezer shortly after getting it home from the store, and, sometimes, I defrost it thinking I'll use it in a few days, only to find that I won't, after which I throw it right back into the freezer; oh, hell, sometimes, a roll of film in my hands will go through four or five such freeze/defrost/re-freeze cycles. Do you suppose this is all right?

Also, am I wrong in thinking it's fine to freeze a roll of film that's been exposed, perhaps because I know it won't be developed for a while?



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Yann Roffiaen , Sep 04, 2007; 02:09 a.m.

There shouldn't be any problem as long as the film is free from condensation IMO. I also do this myself without any problem so far. No idea about the second question, but I usually put exposed film in a dry box, it's best to keep an exposed film away from air as it fogs it. But even if you leave an exposed film for a month, there shouldn't be any problem.

Larry Dressler , Sep 04, 2007; 02:35 a.m.

I have never had a problem refreezing as long as it is in the can or the foil.


Jim Appleyard , Sep 04, 2007; 07:32 a.m.

I've frozen exposed film many times without problems.

Kevin Bourque , Sep 04, 2007; 08:26 a.m.

Since water freezes at 0C, we assume that everything else does. There's no water in film, and it doesn't freeze (crystallize or otherwise change state at moderately low temperatures). All it really does is get cold.

You can go out and shoot at -20C, and the film will be much more comfortable than you!

Arjun Mehra , Sep 04, 2007; 12:14 p.m.

How do we prevent condensation from messing things up?

Lee Shively , Sep 04, 2007; 01:32 p.m.

Condensation should not be a factor as long as the film is still factory sealed. It probably wouldn't be a factor if you sealed prevously opened film in Ziplocks.

Frank Schifano , Sep 04, 2007; 02:50 p.m.

"How do we prevent condensation from messing things up?"

Easy. Don't open the package until it has warmed up to room temperature. This can take a few hours. On the other side, don't place an open package of film back into the freezer. Ziplock bags work ok. Plastic wrap may be a little better. Vacuum sealed bags are the best. Do I bother with all that? No. Once I've refrigerated my film, it stays there until I'm ready to use it.

Erwin Baeyens , Sep 04, 2007; 06:15 p.m.

I don't do it. What I do is that I keep my film in the freezer and take out a few rolls in the fridge. From there they move to my pack a normal temperature, this routine frees me from having to watch out for condensation. So once out the fride they don't get in there unless I don't have a second roll to develop a that time. So at most it's 2 to 3 weeks out of the fridge before it gets developed. But I never refreeze.


Bob Michaels , Sep 04, 2007; 07:04 p.m.

Kevin Bourque said it all "There's no water in film, and it doesn't freeze (crystallize or otherwise change state at moderately low temperatures). All it really does is get cold."

Just don't introduce humid air (i.e. water) into the equation.

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