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    Negative Storage

    How do you all store your negatives? I hate the 3 ring binders and I cannot find the boxes that do not have the rings in them. What do you use?

    I also have to have them where if I had to rush out of the house I can just pick up and go.

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    Kev

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    The first thing to worry about is what the negs come in contact with. You don't say what you use, but I think most folks use the Printfile system, a kind of poly material that is acid free and generally considered archival. (you can find it on the web) They come in different versions for different formats and generally are meant to go into 8 1/2 x 11 binders. What you put those pages into doesn't matter as much, but Printfile makes nice binders for $15 - $20 each (that's what I use, to answer your question). Considering the work you put into negs, do the most you can. Once the score is lost, the performance has a hard time happening.

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    Sorry should have mentioned. I use print file also but just do not like the rings in the boxes.

    Thanks,

    Kev

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    Dear Kev,

    I love the polyethylene boxes with the 3 ring binder feature.

    Neal Wydra

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    I use the boxes, sleeves and folders from Light Impressions:

    http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.co...:139100:139120
    Paul Hamann

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    I use a filing cabinet and hanging bars for the negative pages.
    Before I had space for a filing cabinet, I used rubermaid document containers with silica gel packets on the inside. The rubermaid document containers hold the hanging files/negative sleeves the same as a filing cabinet.

    For 4x5 negatives I use the 4x5 polaroid print pages with 4x5 print sleeves.. The sleeves hold a single negative and slide into the page.

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    Permit me to extend the question

    I find the more perplexing question is "Where do you store your plastic three ring binder with the print file system insider of it?

    For me, the closet is unsatisfactory. I have been creating priceless and irreplacable negatives for 35 years. Houses DO burn down (never happened to me, thank god!).

    I thought, "I'll get a safe at home." Then I found out fireproof safes rated for smoke damage are very expensive. Even worse, lets pretend a burglar breaks in and holds me up at gun point. FIRST THING he says is: "Where's the safe??" So I show him the safe and it has no money....only freakin' NEGATIVES in polyethylene sleeves. WHat does the frustrated, coke deranged dude do? HE SHOOTS ME!!! Or WORSE YET, he lets me live and damages my negatives.

    O.K. So I go to the Wells Fargo Bank nearby, where I have an account. Lo and behold, my plastic binder does not fit into the largest safe deposit box ( 1/2 inch to wide). My solution?? THe print file system comes out of the binder and goes directly into the largest safe deposit box. VOILA!!

    So, I print about 1x per week, usually on a Saturday morning from 6 AM to noon. (After that I'm with the wife and son). So, I usually make a trip to the vault on a Friday afternoon to deposit the work paycheck, deposit last weeks negatives, and pick up the negs for tomorrow's printing session.

    I'll tell ya'll the truth. I sleep much better at night with my paranoia put to rest.

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    I could not stand it if my negs were not right here where I could get to them when the desire to print hit me. I use print files and binders and they are all in my darkroom
    Prints available in the APUG GAllery
    www.gaylarsonphotography.com

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    The problem with the binders is that I can never view the negs on a lightbox with them so I buy those super cheap three-ring report covers and cut the covers off them, keeping just the spine. at least I can flip through them over a backlight.

    I'm just glad that I don't have to worry about whether my photographs will exist at all five years from now on flash cards, CDs or hard drives. My 30 year old Negs still look like they did when I pulled them out of the drying cabinet.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    I also use PrintFile pages, but simply store them in manila folders labeled by the person, project or location. The folders then go in a conventional file cabinet in hanging folders.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

    Ralph Barker
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