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    What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    the title is the question =P.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    Film Drying Clips = wooden clothes pins. I drill small holes in them so I can hang my LF films perpendicular to the line as opposed to parallel to the line. Instead of having room for 12 sheets of film, I now have room for 40 sheets of film.

    Storage sleeves = the clear sleeves like Print File makes. I use those for 35mm, 120/220, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10. For 7x17 I make/use paper envelopes from paper I purchase from Light Impressions

    Binders = 3 ring binders from the office supply store. I have/use some of the plastic box type binders that Beseler used to sell. They are fine for 35mm and the smaller formats, but for 8x10 I just use stuff I get at Office Depot. For 7x17 I use archival boxes purchased from Holingers.

    All prints are stored in Archival Boxes.

    As always, YMMV

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    Film Drying Clips = wooden clothes pins. I pass a nylon #50 line through the spring hole and have knots ties to space them out. That covers 4x5. For 135 and 120 I still have hanging clips that go on the same nylon line.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    I really want high quality clips that do not pierce or scratch the film, do not collect/leave water marks and do not clip on the exposed area of the film.

    For the sleeves I want the best archival quality sleeves there is.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    Quote Originally Posted by l2oBiN View Post
    I really want high quality clips that do not pierce or scratch the film, do not collect/leave water marks and do not clip on the exposed area of the film.
    I guess that you could gold plate the clothes pins, but I am not sure that would add value to the photographs.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    I've moved away from the Print File and VueAll pages and sleeves for two reasons - scratching from sliding the negatives in and out, and the risk that slip agents in the polyethylene that these products are made from will eventually damage the negatives:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...0&postcount=10

    Instead, I've been using polypropylene fold-lock sleeves. Polyester is OK, too. I keep these in acid-free boxes obtained from University Products or Hollinger. I've given up on Light Impressions - their stock status and their service have radically deteriorated in recent years.

    EDIT: Just checked the Print File website. I see that they now offer polyester sleeves under the "FoldFlap" name, in addition to the polyethylene "negative preservers" that they've offered for many years.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    BEST is what comes closest to meeting your expectations. What is best for me may not be best for you.

    In my case, I prefer PLASTIC clothes pins because they are non-absorbent. Yes, the film should be thoroughly washed, but I would still prefer that the clip not absorb anything that could be transferred to another sheet/roll of film.

    I found some plastic versions of the standard wood clothes pins at a variety store. They have serrated jaws so they grip the film securely. Arranging to hang them took some ingenuity - the solution was small metal screw eyes. I held them in needle-nose pliers as I heated them with a propane torch. When they were red hot, I then pressed the threaded shaft into the end of the plastic clothes pins, and held them for a few seconds while the plastic cooled and congealed around the metal screw.

    For 4x5 sheet film storage, I prefer folding acetate sleeves that I file in an archival box from Light Impressions. For roll film (both 35mm and 120), I use PrintFile pages. These are also stored in archival boxes. I make contact prints that go into binders along with sheets where I record printing information.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    Sleeves.

    The very best film clips, but at a price.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Gordon View Post
    Yes, and not available. It is on back order to a company that has filed for bankruptcy.

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    Re: What are the BEST binder film storage sleeves and film drying clips?

    I heard people talk about some aligator clips? Dental clips? Anyone heard of these or used them?

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