Ever had mouldy negatives?
Old 02-04-2020   #1
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Ever had mouldy negatives?

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So, i went around Poland with my Yashica loaded with Rera Pan 127 film. Came back, developed some myself and some went to the lab. In both cases, on the majority of the negatives, i found white spots all over. Went to the lab and talked with my friend and super professional guy. Nothing wrong in the developing on his part. Nothing wrong with the camera either. He calls his equally nerdy friend and we all three look at the negatives. They def think it must have been the temperature affecting the film and when i tell them that the first one and a half week the country was flooded and the following one and a half week was hot and dry as hell, they are just about sure.

I never saw this problem when hoboing around with 135 film. The 127 film is more sensitive they say? I was told to next time fill my photo bag with little rice bags that suck out the moist… eh, well i can do that i guess

Anyone ever traveled through **** with delicate film and had the same problem? How to make sure you keep it fresh and protected? Sealed plastic bag and rice bags? Or do you have to travel around with a cooling bag?

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Old 02-04-2020   #2
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You shouldn't have to go to such an extend of keeping rice bags with you in the bag. If the film was stored properly throughout its time it shouldn't go moulded from one week to the other.

I just suspect that the film was stored in unfavourable conditions for a long time after productions (anything from months to years) - that could cause extensive mould growth.

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I once had it when I found some bulk film left overs in the bulk loader I bought on ebay. Must have been for ages there. But never seen it on my own film that I bought fresh. But then again - I keep my film stock in the freezer. A few weeks in changing conditions should not destroy your film that way, unless it’s so humid that the film literally gets wet.
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Old 02-05-2020   #4
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p.gianakkis - no that's what i think too, it shouldn't be such a problem.
The Rera Pan 400 film is all newly produced so i kinda thought that eliminated the possibility of bad storage. but maybe not?

valdas - yea, when i'm not travelling around i keep my film in the fridge too. Well, it was really humid and later really hot but the film was never literally wet. hmm, i just don't know.
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