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    "Dark bags"

    I usually mail my E6 4x5 to the lab in the film boxes. The Darkroom today mentioned "dark bags." Searches, including B&H, turn up blank. Are these light-tight bags, that would be less-costly to mail to the lab? Where does one find them?
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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Aren't these the black poly bags the film is packed when new, inside the box??
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    Re: "Dark bags"

    The bags black and white paper come in might work if you double bagged them.

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    You can use the light proof black bags in flat cardboard mailers.


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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Save ALL film boxes and dark bags for reuse

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Thanks, everyone, for all the responses. Turns out B&H has them... you need to search for "Paper safe bag" rather than "dark bag... :-)

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH View Post
    Thanks, everyone, for all the responses. Turns out B&H has them... you need to search for "Paper safe bag" rather than "dark bag... :-)
    What's the plan? To use these and a USPS cardboard envelope or similar instead of a box?

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Yes. I've been sending priority mail, ~$8. This will be ~$2.50 - $3. We'll see.

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH View Post
    Yes. I've been sending priority mail, ~$8. This will be ~$2.50 - $3. We'll see.
    Thanks for starting the thread. I like this idea. Those USPS envelopes are sturdy enough, and it's easier and less cumbersome than using a box.

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    I'd be careful to avoid placing otherwise unprotected sheet films in anything flat for mailing, and would instead opt to place the sheets back into their original lightproof bags/sleeves and boxes prior to mailing - to offer some added protection from squashing/scratching/folding.

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