The archiving solutions for film negatives of the US-based Print File have belonged to the absolute top of the market for more than 50 years. As during the heyday of analog photography, all negative storage pages are still produced locally in the United States. With the advent of digital photography, Print File has largely disappeared from the European market and new generations of analog photographers are no longer familiar with Print File's attractive range of archiving solutions. We are happy to change this and offer a carefully selected selection from the Print File range, directly from the USA, on a permanent basis.
120 Film (CP 120-3HB)
These negative storage pages are suitable for storing 120 film and contact prints. Each page holds vertically 3 roll film strips, being 15 frames 6x4.5 cm, 12 frames 6x6 cm or 9 frames 6x7 cm. Up to 6x6 cm, a full 120 film can be kept per page (a full roll of 120 film size 6x7 cm has 10 frames). In addition, each page can also hold a contact print size 20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 inch). These negative pages are therefore the ideal solution for those who want to keep negatives and contact prints together in an orderly way. The packaging contains 25 pages. Each page is provided with a writing strip at the top on which a date, description and a serial number can be noted. Given the plastic from which the pages are made, it is best to use an indelible marker pen to write on the page. Keep in mind that the pages are wider than a standard A4 page, namely 23.50 x 27.78 cm (9.25 x 10.94 inch). A standard A4 ring binder is therefore not suitable for storing these negative pages. We therefore recommend that you always keep the negative pages in a suitable oversized ring binder, with or without cover, such as the Kenro Ring Binder or the Ring Box Binder from Ars-Imago.
You may already be familiar with glassine or clear negative storage pages. The negative storage pages of Print File are made from another raw material, namely PVC-free polyethylene. Polyethylene is a plastic that is extremely suitable for long-term archiving and is better than polypropylene because it does not create any static charge, so no dirt or dust particles are attracted to the film negative. The negative pages have a thin backing without losing their strength. Therefore they are at least as clear and transparent as acetate negative pages and it is also possible to make contact prints without removing the negatives from the page (paper size 20,3 x 25,4 cm).
Photographic Activity Test
The PAT or Photographic Activity Test is a globally accepted quality standard for archiving solutions for photographic materials. The PAT examines possible chemical interactions between photographic materials and the storage materials in which they are kept after they have had prolonged contact with each other. Solutions that pass the test have no negative effect on the properties of the photographic material (in this case film negatives) and are therefore suitable for long-term archiving. All negative storage pages of Print File are produced according to a PAT-qualified (ISO 18916) production process and therefore meet this quality standard.