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Thread: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred L View Post
    empty holders are stacked in my darkroom, but loaded, and exposed holders are kept in PhotoBackpacker Cascades cases. Have them for 4x5 to 8x10. On these cases I glued wide (2"x3") velcro tabs so I cld attach labels indicating what film is in them.
    I like your use of Velcro tabs. Great idea, thank you.

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    I use a grease pencil/china marker to write the film type on the dark slide itself. It wipes off with one of those Mr. Clean dry sponge doohickeys.

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    Interesting thread for me because I have been told by a couple of people that my Hasselblad backs should be stored with the dark slides out to preserve the light tightness of the backs. For all the reasons listed above I've kept them in, but I often wonder if I'll eventually regret it.

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    Quote Originally Posted by mitrajoon View Post
    Interesting thread for me because I have been told by a couple of people that my Hasselblad backs should be stored with the dark slides out to preserve the light tightness of the backs. For all the reasons listed above I've kept them in, but I often wonder if I'll eventually regret it.
    Iíve had lots of Blads, Rollei SL 66s, Koni Omegas, Mamiya RBs over the years, all bought new and none had that recommendation in the instruction books, in fact with most, you could not remove or replace the backs without the slides in place.

    Leave yours in.

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    Thxs. Glad to hear that my instincts were correct.

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    Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    My personal opinion would be to keep all of my 4x5" dark slides in place. This is because I own over 100 of them which I have accumulated over many years. If I had to figure out which slides went with which holders, it would drive me nuttier than I already am. LOL! Besides, it most likely keeps the dust out. As mentioned, every manufacturer made a slightly different size.

    The unused / uncleaned sheet film holders are in a large cardboard box. (Possibly not the best storage option.)

    Once I clean up a holder and get it ready for use, then it goes into a freezer Zip bag - loaded or not.

    Part of preparing a holder, I use a paint marker to put a number on each side starting at 001 then 002, 003, etc.

    Out in the field, when I make notes about the subject, lens, etc. I make sure to record the number of the side, too.

    After loading film, the holders go into a freezer Zip bag that is marked as to what film, type, ISO, etc.

    The holders are marked, too. I use blue painter's tape that also serves to hold the dark slide in place.

    Out in the field, I carry the 4x5" holders in purpose-made bags that I found on eBay a couple of years ago.

    BTW, some thermal padded lunch bags accommodate 4x5" sheet film holders nicely. Look for them in great abundance in late summer when stores have back to school stock on hand.

    When I get back to the darkroom, I use my notebook to sort out any sheet film holders that I might want to process differently.

    After the sheets of film are dry I use an India ink marker to write the sheet film holder number on the edge of the sheet of film. That way if I discover later that a sheet film holder is defective, I can trace it back to the source for testing, cleaning or trashing. I also add the date I shot it.

    Finally, they go into plastic archival storage pages that hold four. I mark on the top edge of the sheet the film type, developer, date, etc.
    Last edited by AtlantaTerry; 10-Jun-2019 at 17:34. Reason: added more details after thinking about it

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