Which is best for the long-term storage of slides: Kodak-style slide carousels, or polypropylene sleeves? In addition to scanning, I want to try to preserve the analog originals for the next generation in my family. But how to do it?
I have a fair number of slides, some of which are my parents' and grandparents', all 35mm and mostly Ektachrome and Kodachrome. I'm currently scanning them, but after scanning, I want to store them safely. Right now, most of the slides are in Kodak slide-projector carousels, but I'm wondering whether it would be better to put them in polypropylene slide sleeves
Both the carousels and the polypro sleeves seem to have their benefits and detractors. The sleeves keep the slides free of dust and may limit oxidation, but there's also the possibility of moisture and condensation inside the sleeves. The carousels ensure nothing comes in contact with the film, but still seem to allow dust (small amounts) and air into the boxes. Some of the older Ektachrome slides have faded rather severely; if possible, I'd like to halt this process if possible, but I don't know what causes it.
The carousels are obviously more convenient if we ever wanted to project the slides, but I'm not sure we'll really ever want to. They're more just a storage container at this point. I have more than enough space to store them all (since they're in them already), so compactness isn't much of a concern. I don't want to go with loose-file systems like bulk boxes
, because they're too hard to organize, and through in order to pull out particular slides. I'd rather avoid systems that require a file drawer, although I suppose I could get one if this is the best route.
I haven't found much on the 'net that's not produced by people trying to sell me stuff, except for this one thread on Photo.net
. Does anyone have any experience or strong feelings either way that they'd like to share?