posted March 23, 2012 11:16 AM
Has anyone seen this seller on eBay? mbeamer5. There a four super 8 digests for sale. All have been "stored for over 35 years in a shoe box in heated garage!" Not exactly what I would call a great selling point.
From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted March 23, 2012 01:38 PM
I'd be happier with "Stored in a heated and air conditioned garage", but hey: at least it's Ohio and not Arizona or Texas!
Truth: If I wanted the print badly enough and the price was OK I'd take the gamble.
I just bought four prints from an antique seller who couldn't look at them first. They turned out to be pretty close to perfect (leaders cut on the diagonal: probably never projected.) The odds were respectable I'd wind up with red faded garbage, but that chance was worth it!
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I'm thinking he means that the garage was heated along with the rest of the house, so in the winter, it remained at a comfortable temperature.
I'd feel more comfortable buying film that had been kept at a relatively constant temp. for 35 years as opposed to film that had gone from 30 below in the winter to 40 degrees in the summer for three and a half decades.
posted March 24, 2012 05:36 PM
Yes, a comfortable temperature sounds great except that he did not say the garage was air conditioned in the summer. In the last 35 years we have had our fair share of hot summers in Ohio. I know my garage gets really hot in July. Not so good for film.
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posted March 24, 2012 06:25 PM
I had the pleasure of checking out a large number of Super8 films that had come from a film library. Those films had been stored in very warm conditions in the summer months and as a result, badly faded. Only a handfull of films were any good out of the 100 or so looked at. I think a cool dry place is the best bet.
From: Montreal, QC
Registered: Jan 2011
posted March 26, 2012 10:32 PM
The best place I have to store my films is a guestroom closet. Not too hot or cold, but I wouldn't call it cool either. I have cleaned and lubed them all with Filmguard and store them in plastic cans (some ventilated). Should mine be okay? I don't have a basement.