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Thread: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

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    Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    Hi, everyone.

    I put my 4x5 negatives into single Printfile sleeves. These sleeves go into a Printfile tan flip-top box.

    Just curious if any of you store Printfile 4x5 single sleeves in any other kind of box besides the Printfile ones. I've been looking around for something that could accommodate more negatives in sleeves than what the flip-top boxes can store - something with greater depth - but haven't been able to find a box that has dimensions close to the Printfile sleeves (5.5W x 5.25H).


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    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Connecticut, USA

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    I use the 4 sheet per page Printfile sleeves.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Hampton, VA

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    I use these from Archival Methods. Not sure they would work with the PrintFile sleeves, but they might.


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    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    Yes, I used to store my negatives in the Printfile 4-sheet per page - but that was a while ago and my workflow works better with individual sleeves rather than the 4 per page. Thanks anyway.

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    Light Guru's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    I use simpler single film sleeves.

    I then put the negative and the exposure notes for the shot into one of these.

    They then go into a box like this

    I know the boxes are not really big but I will have the a box only hold a few years worth of negatives. The box then gets ladled with the years for the negatives it holds. Better organization that way.
    Zak Baker

    "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."
    Ansel Adams

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    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    for my 4X5 negs i use the print file sleeves ,4 per sleeve.then put them in a 3 ring binder.they hold alot.I put the neg info on note book paper that goes next to the neg sleeve and a contact sheet if needed.One can section off the binder for different subjects or types of film.They store nice on the shelf.and are very organized with labels on the outside of the binder

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    Small town, South Carolina, US
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    South Carolina, USA

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    I put my 4X5 negatives in Mylar sleeves then insert the sleeves in the print file page (4 per page.) Then store the pages in 3 ring binders made of polyester.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    For large quantities of the single sleeves, I suggest you look at antique stores, flea markets, etc., for old filing card or microfiche cabinets. There were millions of these discarded from libraries, institutions, and companies when everyone went digital.

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    jp's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Re: Storage for Printfile 4x5 sleeves

    I like the 4 per page and 3 ring binders too. When it's full, I put a date range on the spine and it's done. Contact prints face the negatives inside. Been using page-size printfiles for 25 years and no problems so long as they are kept dry. Notes can go on the plastic or the proof contact. Normal book shelves hold them. I build the book shelves myself.

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    For single sleeves, the old cabinets would be good; craigslist would be another source for the antique cabinets.


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