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#1 Tom Hepburn

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:28 AM

I've been thinking about his for a while now. I probably won't shoot again for two months or so and when I do it will be using 7231 plusX black and white neg.
My question is, is it better getting fresh film a week before shooting (from Kodak) or for convenience sake getting it now and freezing it for two months?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:30 AM

I'd always say fresher is better but I also don't think a 2 month deep freeze would be that detrimental to the film. I just like getting it fresh as possible, personally, though even then, chances are it's been "stored" @ Kodak for awhile...
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#3 Serge Teulon

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:35 AM

I shot a test with a roll of 5218 that I had in my fridge for 18months. All was fine and dandy.
However I've heard some terrible stories too....

I'd say fresh all the way.

Is there a reason why you'd purchase it so far in advance?
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#4 David Rakoczy

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:45 AM

Freeze it for two months if you wish. All will be fine ;) Just used two 200ft short ends on a Spot that had been frozen since March....tho.... I usually have my Stock Order arrive 2 days prior to shooting.
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#5 Tom Hepburn

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:10 PM

Thanks gentleman.

"Is there a reason why you'd purchase it so far in advance?"

A few factors; I feel better having stock close by, if something develops that I would like to document.
I'm also finishing some shots for a little film I'm doing and I "might" need another 400ft. roll. which is the result of loose planning, ideas in progress, and not getting enough film for what I'm shooting. Not surprising being that I don't have years of experience. It's turning out to be a tough call for me as I usually get a few extra shots that "might" work, but I'd rather shoot them and have them as an option later. In short, I'd rather have too much than not enough.


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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:13 PM

In that case, might as well order a batch and store it for future. It should be totally fine for such a short period of time. B/W stocks are slower and as such less prone to fogging. Just make sure you defrost it before shooting it.
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#7 David Rakoczy

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:16 PM

Then order up and freeze it. ;) I have half a freezer full of short ends, re-cans and unopened stocks and don't hesitate to use them.
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