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Film Temparature in the Post?

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Reading, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. Reading

    Reading Well-Known Member

    Here's a question..

    Professional slide film has to be kept in the fridge at about 15 degrees. When you post it to a mail order company, how do you know how hot it gets in the post?

    It could get extremely hot in the post box or in the back of posties van, or are the vans air conditioned?

    Does this matter, or is it OK because its just for a short period of time?

  2. Col. Hogan

    Col. Hogan Well-Known Member

    I suppose there is no way for you to know that. I've ordered Kodak EIR slide film [color IR] through mail order and despite the fact that the outside of the film box reads, 'Store at 0 deg. F', it came in a plain box, with nothing to keep it cool. Upon receipt, I promptly put it in the freezer. I bought two rolls that way and haven't had any problems. (However, I have since found a local source for purchasing the film.) The same with sending them off to be developed. I send them to a lab in California via Priority mail and that takes another 2-3 days.

    Does it matter? Well, for long term storage, I'd keep it as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    A local supplier sounds fine, Diane, but how can you tell if the film was kept cool during delivery to the supplier?

  4. Col. Hogan

    Col. Hogan Well-Known Member

    I've never asked them.
  5. Clive

    Clive Well-Known Member

    The answer must be to buy all your film in the winter.
    Lateral Thinking Clive
  6. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I have it on good authority that postman pat sticks a roll of Fujichrome up Jesse's nether regions in order to maintain the correct ambient temperature.
  7. Clive

    Clive Well-Known Member

    Actually, Postman Pat does look a bit of a perv, but I can tell you that such a feline temperature is 37 degrees Celsius, which is a bit hot for my infra red.
  8. Mario

    Mario Well-Known Member

    At the moment I dont keep my slide film in the fridge.. Should I keep my velvia and provia in the fridge or is ok to keep it in a coolish place... I don't think my parents would appreciate a fridge full of film?!

    Mario Greppi.
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  9. phil

    phil Well-Known Member

    you should also be safe in the average british summer! I've got my sandals on today - well the sun was out this morning- but me tootsies are definately on the cool side!

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  10. Col. Hogan

    Col. Hogan Well-Known Member

    I went out and took some color IR slides when it was 35 deg C last August. Compare the two shots on the AP gallery in my folder. Climatron was taken in the hotter August weather (in the middle of the afternoon) whereas Bloodwater was taken at the end of April (in the morning). Braketing aside (as I'm sure I was bracketing, the red was really more intense in the former. Does the amount of IR radiation get larger as the day goes on, i.e. as the sun gets higher in the sky? I'll have to pull those up off the CD and see how intense the bracketed shots were.
  11. Jigs_w

    Jigs_w Well-Known Member

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  12. Clive

    Clive Well-Known Member

    Must help when you've got one of their gas fires on as well.
  13. AdrianW

    AdrianW Well-Known Member

    No idea, I can tell you what I do though - post to an indoor post box just before collection. Have you ever stuck your hand inside an outdoors postbox midafternoon? They get *quite* warm during the summer!

    Something you could try, if you get the collusion of your lab - post an electronic max/min thermometer, and see what the highest and lowest recorded temperatures are when it arrives with them, and when it returns to you! :)

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