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Hi Everyone I've just obtained a collection of 14 B+W 10x8 negatives, attributed Norman Parkinson in a shoot for a 1944 magazine. From the competition from other bidders and an apparent attempt by one collector to buy all of the negatives on offer, I suspect that the provenance may be genuine () but I now have the problem of safely storing the 14 10x8 negatives. Currently they are in a thin translucent paper cover typical of the time and held inside a plastic filing wallet, where they've probably been for some years. The last time I found any negatives they were in my Dad's shed , so I have no realistic idea of how to store them safely. (I've also posted this in the Collectors and Historica section, in case there is a different perspective there). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Keeping M240 and lenses in Pelican 1520 case safe and organized for location shoots and travel when other bags wont be protective enough. 50mm 1.4 ASPH and another M body will be added to the case (which there is enough space for them).
Whilst storing wet prints in the proverbial 'shoe box' didn't cause major problems(did it for decades), inkjet prints seem to be way more sensitive to mechanical wear. As I'm considering doing my own inkjet prints in the future, I'm very keen to hear about your personal experiences and suggestions. Thanks in advance for your input!
Apologies if this is preaching to the converted and has been covered before but may be new to some... That old saying - that there are two types of computer user, those who have lost data and those who will - came to mind when I saw a statistic that 95% of computer users do not back up their data. I back everything up - server, laptops - every night but a recent trip with just a D3x (the M8s being in for upgrade) which churns out more than 100Mb per image by the time you have processed them is putting strain on my storage. I know there are some here who overflow their images onto a succession of USB drives, allowing unlimited storage, but with only a single copy of the data, there's always a risk that the drive will break the next time you plug it in to retrieve some archived images. Besides, do you really want all those drives hanging around? The requirements are easy to state: lots of capacity, high speed, secure from data loss. The best solution is a Network Attached Storage box (NAS) which sits on your network (or attaches directly to the ethernet port of your PC if you don't have one) and provides data redundancy to protect against failure. A RAID array splits your data across N disks so that if any one of them fails, the data can be recovered from the remaining N-1. You just pull out the failed drive and hot-plug a new one. For some time, I've been using a ReadyNAS NV (formerly Infrant Technologies, now part of NetGear) which provides 1.3Tb of protected storage but that is now full. I've therefore added to my storage by buying their new-ish product, the ReadyNAS PRO which can be fitted with 6 disks; I bought 8 Seagate 1.5Tb Barracudas, 6 to put in the box, 2 to keep as spares; clearly, if you have had one failure, you want to replace it quickly because your data is unprotected until you do. The result is that I have nearly 7 Tb of protected storage ready to swallow tens of thousands of images and all for about the same cost as a Leica Super-Wide Elmar. [ATTACH]137128[/ATTACH] This box works with Windows, MAC OS, Linux and of course there are other similar products which do much the same job. My message though is that if you are not backing up your data or are still archiving to USB drives or, worse, to CD or DVD, you should consider using one of these boxes instead; much more convenient, much more secure.