35mm sleeving, looking for a long-term stabile solution

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by DanielStone, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. DanielStone

    DanielStone Member

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    hey all,

    just wondering what's the difference between these brands, archival-wise, I know that one pack is 25sheets, one is 100shts :wink:. I don't want to have to re-sleeve 30yrs down the line, one time if possible. To be stored in archival boxes as I re-organize my negatives from the odd binders into concise, orderly arrangements this fall.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/78262-REG/ClearFile_140100B_Archival_Plus_Negative_Page.html

    http://www.vue-all.com/8030-35mm-Negative-Saver-8030.htm

    I've used the Vue-All's before, and they're nice, but build up static like a mo********** if handled a lot... Its a real PITA if you ask me. I like making SHARP contact sheets, but don't want to unsleeve my negs if possible, just to minimize handling them, especially with color film in the dark.

    thanks

    -Dan
     
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    The ClearFile negative sleeves are archival safe, which means that they don't contain any acids or acid-producing materials (no PVC). I use these myself and the only bad thing about them is that they're not exactly antistatic - expect a lot of dust. I have no experience with the Vue-All products, but it doesn't say acid-free anywhere so I'd rather not use that. They claim "museum quality archival storage", but you may want to give them a call first to see if their products really are acid-free.

    Re-sleeving, unfortunately, is unavoidable if you want to do it right. 30 years of acid-free storage is a lot already, most archival buffered/acid-free products are rated for only 10y.
     
  3. George Collier

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    The standard for neg storage for many years was Printfile, sold by many supply houses, including Freestyle, an APUG sponsor - you can see them here-
    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_search.php
    They also have a thinner weight to the bottom layer (against which the emulsion lies) to facilitate convenient contact printing without removing them from the preservers.
    I still use them, and find no static issues. I am not aware of the 10 year replacement issue waltereegho mentions.
     
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    I like PrintFile products. Storage materials are something I won't cheap-out on.
     
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    I didn't say that this particular brand should be replaced after 10 years :smile:. It's just a generalization. A standard A4 archival box, for example, is rated for 10 years. There are 30-year boxes as well (the ones I use at work are blue), but they are much, much more expensive and only used for very important documents. I don't know about these plastic sleeves, but in general, repacking is always necessary somewhere in the distant future. There is no "put away and forget about it for the next 200 years" solution that I'm aware of. Then again, a lifetime may be enough :tongue: