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#1 Brad Skiles

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:59 PM

I was wondering what you guys thought of buying film from third parties. Is one year old film too old? It was kept in the fridge briefly and then transferred to the back of a dark, but dry closet. The savings are substantial, but I don't know how risky this is considering I don't have a bunch of money to work with in the first place.

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#2 Brad Skiles

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:26 PM

Maybe I should revamp my question. If one year old film hasn't been kept in the freezer would this be a bad decision to buy?
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#3 Will Montgomery

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:39 PM

Well kept 1-year old film is absolutely fine. The question is only if it was actually well kept and are you dealing with short-ends or recans. If so were they handled properly. Chances get better with slower film as faster stocks are generally more sensitive to storage conditions. 1 year is practicaly no time in film life though.

Try & test small amounts first until you feel you can trust the supplier. It's always a gamble but their are plenty of reputable people out there that sell recans and short ends.

If you're doing a project that involves getting paid to deliver a product, it's hard to beat the feeling of buying fresh stock from Kodak or Fuji.
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