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does anyone have any suggestions for negative sleeves that won't encourage scratching of the negatives? I'm currently using PrintFile brand, and while they have a billion different versions and sizes, all seem to be the same essential design - a tight-fitting sandwich of a softer plastic. The problem is any grit will tend to stick to the sleeve and scratch my film.
I've noticed processing labs typically use a loose fitting frosted sleeve of a different type of plastic. That type seems far better than what I've ben using. The only drawback is they don't seem to be designed for use with 3-hole binders. This type would be OK if I could store them in a binder for easy oragnaization and retrieval. Does anyone know if such a thing exists, and where to procure them?
Ideally, there would be a clear, three-hole punched sleeve that used a fold or flap rather than a tight "sleeve" arrangement. Produced from a harder plastic that didn't allow for grit to be easily embedded. And it would be free (as long as I'm dreaming) :)
I knew what I was using was not the best idea, but I've never been able to find anything else. And I just discovered one of my favorite images is now scratched from the sleeve :grrrr:
I use paper pages in a four ring binder system. Similar things are available from a lot of suppliers. The paper seems a bit less static-prone than the plastic variety and, on the brands I have seen, the mounting holes are stronger too.
I've gone through similar troubles with my setup, but I settled on a hybrid approach - I put my negs into flapped sleeves and slide these into the storage pages. No scratching anymore.
There were a few discussions a while back on a similar topic, where I shared my methods (in exhausting detail, if you're interested) - this (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21954&highlight=ultima) one and this (http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29243&highlight=ultima) one come to mind.
I like the Filmguard brand stuff; you can order it over the Web no problem. Printfile's Ultima series are a good alternative for storage pages that can hold sleeved negs. Hope this info is useful.
Clear File Archival Plus works for me.
Now, before you blame it on the sleeves, make sure you load the negatives in a place where there's good air circulation. Otherwise, you'll get dust all over. I just found out that if I develop and load my stuff in the basement, I get some dust in the sleeves, so I take the film upstairs and sleeve it in the dining room or the kitchen (and my wife doesn't mind) with no problem whatsoever.
Take care! :)
I found that it was easy to damage my negs as they were slid into their Clear file sleeves and especially when I tried to drag them out. When I ran out of sleeves, as a temporary measure, I put them into the paper envelopes that come with junk mail. As I now scan them and label the envelopes, my need for the clear file is not so great. Now I have half a shoe box full, I will probably stick with it.
(It's cheap too, so appeals to my cheapskate side). I wonder if they will be OK in their paper home for years?
Not going to be anywhere near free, but Light Impressions makes several other styles of pages (or did I haven't checked lately). One thing I didn't like was they were sized to go into special binders- I shoot too much to shell out so much for their binders. I may still have some around that I was given by someone to try. I use the Print File 357B and some other number (talk about a wacky numbering system) for my XPAN negs, and haven't had trouble with scratching my b&w films. Binders are on a shelf right outside the darkroom.
In addition to plastic pages/sleeves of both polypropylene & mylar (sleeves only I think) Limp also had for years and may still have a paper based system of folders and envelopes that set in those flip top boxes. I like the flip top boxes for my Polaroids- which are stored in mylar sleeves- as they are easy to flip through when looking for something.
Savage with the Film-Lok system. The best.
B&H has them.
thank you all for your input :thumbup:
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