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    Best Negative Storage

    I've recently started selling off most of my digital equipment and have dived, (happily), back into film and chemistry. So, I'm starting to build up B&W negatives again, and need to store them in sheets.
    Simple question. What seems to be the best kind? I've noticed several different materials they're made of, and don't care if one is a bit more expensive than another. I want good ones.
    Thanks for any guidance.

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    The Printfile products are excellent, and they are an APUG advertiser.

    I have made one purchase from them directly (shipped to my mailing address in Washington state) and the service was excellent.
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    Print file, as Matt said, are excellent. They're the industry standard. I've stored my film in them for as long as I can remember.
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    I use Printfile plastic sleeves. Fit nicely in a binder.

    I have seen books much like for stamp collections that have half sleeves and wax paper between the pages, but the films in them are always curved (could be fault of the user).

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    I prefer fold-lock sleeves. Less chance of scratching because there is no sliding action when inserting or removing negatives.

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    Best Negative Storage

    Michael, I believe print file makes a fold lock sleeve that also fits into the regular pages so you can get double protection.

    Print file is great just watch the mil number, the higher numbers are thicker which seem more sturdy to me, the only ones I don't like from print file are the 70mm sleeves, they are paper thin and the plastic catches on the film edge and the holes are off center from the binder rings. They've told me they are working to fix this issue, but could be a while as 70mm isn't a priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    I prefer fold-lock sleeves. Less chance of scratching because there is no sliding action when inserting or removing negatives.
    That's my preference as well. A bit more expensive, but much safer in my experience.

    I use the polypropylene ones from MV Photo, which I think are now made by Archival Methods. Put these in an envelope then that in a box.

    http://www.mvconservation.com/c/NGSK...rage+Kits.html or http://www.mvconservation.com/c/NS/N...e+Storage.html

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    Archival Methods are the ones I currently use. I prefer the Polyester ones but I've used the Polypropylene ones also.

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    Printfile.

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    Another Printfile fan. I like their "Ultima" pages which have slots wide enough to take sleeved strips of film, and they are a heavier mil than the standard pages too.

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