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    How I've decided to store 8x10 negatives

    After reading here, researching on the internet and browsing thru' office supply and photography stores, I finally found a product that I think will keep my negatives safe. I found a referral to this product on ( IIRC ) the government of Canada Archives website as being one of the products that they use. It is described as "archival" and is specified for negatives. Here's what it looks like : http://www.printfile.com/product.cfm?ProductID=21031085 I found it a bit dear at first, being about $0.33 per negative, but compared to the effort expended to create the negative, I guess it's not so bad. The next job is to find a binder that will hold exactly 100 of these so that they will stand flat without sagging.

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    That is what I use for 8X10 and roll film negatives. Plenty of room at the top to write some information too. I keep mine in enclosed three ring binders. They are available here --- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=140932&is=REG

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHannon
    That is what I use for 8X10 and roll film negatives. Plenty of room at the top to write some information too. I keep mine in enclosed three ring binders. They are available here --- http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=140932&is=REG

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    Might be better to plan to have the binders laying flat if you are really concerned about sagging. The nature of 3-ring binders is inherently a bit of sag in the contents unless they lay flat. I store all of my work prints and printing notes with negatives and lay the binders flat for this reason...FWIW.

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    I use the same thing but I put hanger bars through the spine and store them in a hanging file cabinet. You can get hanging files with the metal bars at Wal Mart cheaper than you can get the bars separately from suppliers. I shuck the paper off the bars and make a pile to keep in the darkroom for storage. If you are a busy worker you and have no time for that you can get them at Light Impressions and a few other places as well.
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    I keep mine in envelopes sold by Light Impressions, then keep the envelopes in a black box (upright) also sold by Light Impressions. I like the envelopes because it's easy to write plenty of information on them and I like keeping the negatives stored upright.

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    Printfile Storage

    [QUOTE=John Bartley]After reading here, researching on the internet and browsing thru' office supply and photography stores, I finally found a product that I think will keep my negatives safe. I found a referral to this product on ( IIRC ) the government of Canada Archives website as being one of the products that they use. It is described as "archival" and is specified for negatives. Here's what it looks like : http://www.printfile.com/product.cfm?ProductID=21031085 I found it a bit dear at first, being about $0.33 per negative, but compared to the effort expended to create the negative, I guess it's not so bad. The next job is to find a binder that will hold exactly 100 of these so that they will stand flat without sagging.

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    I have used the 4x5 version of this product and found one really difficult problem.

    The negatives are liable to be scratched as you pull them in and out of the slots. It only takes one small spec of dust on your degative. As you push it in, the dust spec abrades the negative as the holder is so tight.

    I damaged so many negatives my first year of shooting 4x5 I a have gone back to individual envelopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilgallb
    I have used the 4x5 version of this product and found one really difficult problem.

    The negatives are liable to be scratched as you pull them in and out of the slots. It only takes one small spec of dust on your degative. As you push it in, the dust spec abrades the negative as the holder is so tight.

    I damaged so many negatives my first year of shooting 4x5 I a have gone back to individual envelopes.
    That is an interesting comment and a fact that I though about as I slid my negative into the sleeves. (my sleeves arrived last week) What I did was curl the negative slightly so that the emulsion side was inthe curve and then it slid in without ever touching the emulsion. It is true that I am going to have to be careful.

    cheers

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    Scratching Protection for Negs

    Balanced Seam Envelopes and Interleaving Folders For Prints And Negative: Light Impressions is what I have used for many years and have yet to find any scratches because the 3-mil polyester folders protect the neg as you remove or imsert them. rs are : Respective product numbers are ;
    5290 and 20084.
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