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preservation of kodachrome slides

Habib B , Dec 10, 2008; 02:15 a.m.

Hello, I recently shot a few rolls of kodachrome 64. I have always just kept my processed slides in the little box that it comes back to me in from Dwayne's photo. I was wondering if this is the best method to keep the slides preseverd and in top shape? I was thinking of putting them into a slide tray for easy viewing because id like to look at them on a projector every once in while. Another alternative that i thought of was that i thought id just get a few of those plastic sheets in which you can store your slides individaully in its own little protactive case, much like the sleeves you use to store negatives. But i didnt really know which method is best, or does it really matter? Thanks for your help, and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Michael Axel , Dec 10, 2008; 03:08 a.m.

I have recently viewed some old slides in plastic sleeves and was not pleased by some moisture I found in some of them. The ones left in the original box look fine, but I'll be moving them to a similar box that is archival. I would probably not store them in trays because the plastic they use may emit toxic fumes.

Charles Stobbs , Dec 10, 2008; 08:30 a.m.

I keep them mostly in the original boxes with the date and subject(if they are all one trip or event). I have some in Airequipt aluminum slide holders and magazines which I'm too lazy to put back in boxes but I've labelled the magazines.

Paul Lewis , Dec 10, 2008; 10:06 a.m.

I use the Logan Electric slide boxes (metal). No worries about off-gassing of plastics.

Clay L , Dec 10, 2008; 11:16 a.m.

My Kodachromes all the way back to the 1960's are kept in the plastic
Hanimex 120 slide drums with no ill effect. The drums kept in their
cardboard cases of course.
/Clay

Paul Emerson , Dec 10, 2008; 02:02 p.m.

Like Paul Lewis I use Logan metal slide boxes for my Kodachromes. My father's Kodachromes from the 1950s have been in Logan metal slide boxes since at least since the early 1960s. When I first acquired my father's Kodachromes in the Logan boxes, I did a search and found the same box is still produced today. I've seen them at B&H, Logan Electric SLide File #110 (what I use).

D F , Dec 11, 2008; 05:14 p.m.

I also keep my K-'Chromes in the little yellow & white box they came in via Dwaynes. I take the best ones and stick those in plastic sleeves. All of these are, in turn, kept in a foot locker with a giant Zorb -It pasted inside.

Bill Pearce , Dec 14, 2008; 11:59 a.m.

Note that Kodachrome's longetivity is based on dark storage. They don't last as long under projection as E6 chromes do.

Bill Pearce

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