35mm Negative Storage: Binder pages? Or polypropylene sleeves and envelopes?

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I'm trying to organize all of the old extremely disorganized 35mm family negatives. Before I buy anything, I'd like to know what is truly considered the best method for the negatives themselves.

Most people seems to store their 35mm negatives in binder "pages" like these:
....and then put them either in a an archival binder or box.

However, there is also this option of polypropylene sleeves in envelopes:
(or these, currently out of stock, from PrintFile: 35mm Negative Storage Kit - NSK35 | Print File Archival Storage )
....and then store those in archival boxes.

Without making cost a factor, is either method better or worse than the other for the negatives? Which is best for very long term (dare I say "permanent") storage?

(I do feel like the binder pages are likely more cost effective...)

Many thanks.
 

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I've been using Print File's and 3 ring binders since the 80's with no problems. I use the 6 strips of 6 since it I shoot nothing but 36 exp 35mm film and only shoot 36 images. I would think the other method will work just as good.
I also use Print File's pages for my 120 and 4x5 negs as well.
 
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I've been using Print File's and 3 ring binders since the 80's with no problems. I use the 6 strips of 6 since it I shoot nothing but 36 exp 35mm film and only shoot 36 images. I would think the other method will work just as good.
I also use Print File's pages for my 120 and 4x5 negs as well.
Very helpful -- thank you!
 

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I think it just depends on if you want to store them in acid free boxes or in ring binders. I like stacking boxes on a shelf more than binders but if I had a reason to keep some in a binder I'd do that too. I mostly mark in general what's in the box, which events, year, etc.

I have some of those boxes from Archival Methods; also some for prints that open at one end so you can slide something out without opening the lid (I find that sometimes useful).

I hadn't seen those on Printfile's site, now why did you have to show me those??! lol just tempting me to spend my money...!
 

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Whew, good! it's on backorder! That takes care of that temptation for now. But I bet I'll remember later to look at it again.
 
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I think it just depends on if you want to store them in acid free boxes or in ring binders. I like stacking boxes on a shelf more than binders but if I had a reason to keep some in a binder I'd do that too. I mostly mark in general what's in the box, which events, year, etc.

I have some of those boxes from Archival Methods; also some for prints that open at one end so you can slide something out without opening the lid (I find that sometimes useful).

I hadn't seen those on Printfile's site, now why did you have to show me those??! lol just tempting me to spend my money...!
Haha!

Thanks for sharing your opinion -- it seems that both methods truly are equally good and it's just a matter of personal preference.
 

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I use the appropriate formatted poly sheets for 36-35mm, 10-6x7 medium format or 2-4x5. They're easy to hold up to the light to see what's there. You can throw the whole sheet on a scanner to get quick contact sheet prints. I also keep the settings information on another regular sheet that I punch three holes and put next to the film sheet in the binder. That way everything is all together.
 
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I use the appropriate formatted poly sheets for 36-35mm, 10-6x7 medium format or 2-4x5. They're easy to hold up to the light to see what's there. You can throw the whole sheet on a scanner to get quick contact sheet prints. I also keep the settings information on another regular sheet that I punch three holes and put next to the film sheet in the binder. That way everything is all together.
More great advice -- thank you!!
 

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I've used ring binders since the 1960s. I used (past tense as I don't use 35mm any more, preferring large format) the Paterson proof printer to give contact sheets that I filed next to the negatives, held in sheets which are the equivalent of the Print File ones.

I like the Print File sheets for large format because they make contact sheets simply a matter of laying the whole sheet on paper or the scanner.
 

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I use print file sheets without the binder rings and store the in a box
 

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