Ok, but have you seen this issue with others negatives over the years? Negatives do eventually dry and if they're fully dry (like when I wait 8-10hrs overnight) there should be no issue. Not criticizing, just trying to understand because I've never heard of issues with neg sleeves.
I have lots of negatives from the 1970s - some in paper/glascine and others in "Printfile" type materials.
I have kept them dry - they are all in good shape.
I've had negatives in plastic file pages for at least twenty years without a problem I believe decades back some pages were made with polyethylene and others polypropylene, of which the latter is highly preferred (probably less out-gassing components).
Maybe there was once "plastic" and now there is "plastic" but it's different plastic :D Seriously the modern transparent and genuine neg files like "Clearfile" are fine but yes never put wet negs in such files. It is always worthwhile to run the insides of your fingers up and down the roll after drying. If there is any wetness your skin will detect it. The film should feel as smooth as the baby's proverbial before inserting it into a neg file
As far as measuring is concerned switch to metric instantly and no more confusion. I bet your fellow Canadians in Quebec are metric as sensibly all our European neighbours are and we in the U.K. are getting there rapidly
Vive Napoleon! :D
Off topic but remember the days when the U.K. used to have a monetary system that had 12 pennies in a shilling and twenty shillings in the pound or eight half crowns in the pound. Oh and we had prices of some articles in things called guineas that were worth 21 shillings!!!!
American visitors who had a decimalised monetary system used to smile, shake their heads and think we were so quaint which we were or was that backward?
There really is no way forward except the metric system. Our kids for at least a generation now look askance when I speak of inches, degrees fahrenheit, gallons etc The kids are right and I am part of a measuring system that has about as much place in the 21st century as King Henry VIII having his wives' heads cut off :D
Oh and by the way the old way creates problems for newcomers to photography when it comes to measuring things as we have seen and causes mistakes that would be near impossible for a newcomer from the U.K. unless he/she is quite old or almost anywhere in the rest of the world with the U.S. as the major exception.
Huh? I am using metric. Last page I was referencing 1L of water + 5mL (aka a teaspoon) of Ilfotol. Metric is very commonplace in Anglo Canada as well. I was referencing temperatures in Celsius. I think the only thing we outright still use imperial for is human height and weight, though this is changing.
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
Henry - I could see there being issue if there is water damage and it gets to stored negs. But that's as likely as fire or tornado or extreme heat. This is why I make a point of scanning all my negatives. That way I'm covered from both ends - the natural and technological threats that my photos are exposed to. If there is a fire, I still have photos on an off-site hard drive. If my hard drive crashes, I'll still have the negatives.
In other news, tonight I'll develop my roll of HP5+ from today, let it dry overnight. Should be fine. I'll be using distilled water and the proper concentrate of Ilfotol this time. It should be dry by tomorrow morning, but I will inspect closely and if I need to rewash blobs, I'll make sure to check the water temp first. Thanks for all your help.
If you run a fan with door shut and sealed, it won't do any good. It won't circulate air and it won't remove humidity. In order for the fan to move air, there has to be an incoming flow of air. Otherwise, it will do absolutely nothing unless you have a vacuum pump for exhaust fan.... Plus, air circulation also means dust circulation.
I had few issues with sleeves but both were my fault. One, my film wasn't completely dry. I found out, feeling dry to touch isn't good enough. It takes over night drying and some before it is dry and emulsions hardens as a result. Also, I had to make sure the film was clean and free of dust particles. Otherwise, it just drags across the film.