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What Is the Shelf Life of Camera Film?


The shelf life for film can vary greatly. It will depend primarily on the type of film and the way the film is stored.

Color Film

The shelf life of color film, both slide film and print film, is printed on the film box and will be different for different film types. It usually ranges from four to six years after the film was manufactured. Professional film often has a shorter shelf life than consumer-grade film. Color shifts occur in outdated color film.

Black and White Film

Although black and white film is more robust than color film, manufacturers typically say it has a shelf life of four to six years after manufacturing. However, outdated rolls of black and white film many years expired often produce acceptable images.