Jump to content




Photo

How long can I store frozen film?


  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Brian Rose

Brian Rose
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 893 posts
  • Student
  • Kansas City area

Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:23 PM

Hey All,

 

I'm considering stocking up on some of my preferred 16mm B/W neg stock, from Orwo and Kodak, and freezing it just in case, god forbid, further down the road while I'm in production on my documentary, that a particualr stock should become short supply or discontinued, I'll still have a reserve.

 

However, I've never really stockpiled film before. I've always ordered when I needed it, and shot and processed ASAP.  So I'm not sure how long I can reasonably expect the film to keep in sub freezing conditions.  Does anyone have some experience in this?  It will all be factory sealed, fresh from the factory stock.  Assuming that, how long could I safely expect it to keep?  I've heard that higher speeds are a little more volatile and don't have as long a shelf life? I'd be buying mainly Kodak's 200 ASA, and Orwo's 400 ASA. I'm not shooting for super, super long term storage, but if I were to stockpile some film, ideally I'd like it to be able to store frozen for two to three years, which is about how long my production wil last.

 

Any advice or anecdotes would be much appreciated!

 

BR

 


  • 0




#2 David Cunningham

David Cunningham
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 975 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:02 PM

2 or 3 years is nothing for frozen film, especially for B&W. In a good freezer (one without self defrost) it should keep at least 10 years without a trace of change. In fact, probably much longer, especially for the 200.

I've shot tri-x that was 15 years old and stored at room temp before and it's haze and bump in grain was acceptable.
  • 0


Rig Wheels Passport

Zylight

Tai Audio

Visual Products

The Slider

Aerial Filmworks

Abel Cine

Technodolly

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Ritter Battery

Willys Widgets

Pro 8mm

Glidecam

rebotnix Technologies

CineTape

CineLab

Paralinx LLC

CineTape

Tai Audio

Rig Wheels Passport

Abel Cine

Zylight

Pro 8mm

Ritter Battery

The Slider

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Aerial Filmworks

rebotnix Technologies

Visual Products

Willys Widgets

Technodolly

Glidecam

CineLab

Paralinx LLC