Silde film shelf life?

Old Jun 9th, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Silde film shelf life?

Hi everyone - I'm sure with so many keen travel photographers out there you'll be able to help me!

I bought a stack of slide film three years ago (Fuji Sensia 100) and it's been stored in a cool, dark place. Would it still be ok to use now? I don't know what the expiry date of them is as I took them out of the box, but they were bought from a reputable camera shop so I'd say they were fresh three years ago. What is the shelf life for unused slide film? Thanks so much!
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Old Jun 9th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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What is the ISO ? (200?)

I had b&w ISO 1600 film that was not kept well that was 'donated' to me... it was 10 yrs. beyond expiration date and my photography professor recommended that I push it an extra stop, which seemed to work.

I was on the phone with my dad when I read this and he was a polymer chemist who worked with film processing and printing. His advice: it will probably be okay. The reds are the least stable, so they will disingrate first. Pushing it an extra stop is probably a good idea.
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Old Jun 9th, 2006, 05:37 PM
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The only and best way is to shoot one roll and see what happens.
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 04:10 AM
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Surfmom - that was so lovely of you, thanks! It's 100ISO BTW.

I leave this weekend for a trip so I may buy some fresh film in case.
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 04:46 AM
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Hi so,

>it's been stored in a cool, dark place.

If by that you mean a refrigerator, it's probably safe. Otherwise, you are pushing it.

As suggested,take a few shots and have the roll developed before you go. Better than having no photos of your trip.

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It may or may not be good. Out of the canister and in a fridge it could even have condensate in it. And slide film is much less forgiving than print film--what you shoot is what gets developed--no fudge factors.
As others have said, shoot some and have it checked before you go.
Now that I think about it, the exp. date should be on the film, not the outside canister.
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