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11-20-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Film cleaning tips?

Hi Im using film cameras for my classes. Well, I love film more than dslr.

Well I face some problems while Im doing scanning or printing(using ilford papers). Those dusts and waster marks(after drying films).

For water marks, should I wash it after the photo wash chemical? I put this chemical for 30sec and then take it out. Im not sure that I need to wash it or not after using photo wash chemical.

Dusts... I should use air spray...

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After the final step of using photoflo, squeeze the excess between your fingers and hang to dry. Unfortunately, there will always be some dust but this step minimizes it.


Some of those spray adds spots too.
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I blow the dust with my Giotto Rocket blower and use the brush end of a LensPen to gently wipe off the sticky stuff.
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I'd suggest mixing the PhotoFlo or whatever with distilled water. Tap water, while fine for drinking and washing film, is like to have some mineral content which makes it tastier to us, but may leave deposits on the film. I've had good luck wiping the film with Edwal film cleaner after it is dry, of course. The cleaner purports to give the film antistatic properties. I scan in the negatives into Lightroom for cataloging purposes and have had few problems with dust. Of course hand the film to dry in a dust free area, I have a shower I use. I turn off the HVAC blower while the film dries. If you used canned air, be sure that the can is held upright, otherwise it may spatter something.... Not a good thing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
After the final step of using photoflo, squeeze the excess between your fingers and hang to dry. Unfortunately, there will always be some dust but this step minimizes it.
Agree that the excess has to be removed, but I'd never use my fingers - the oil would eventually show a visible interaction with the film chemicals. Some people have drier skin, but even then I wouldn't risk it. Use a rubber squeegee instead.
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I use an ancient Paterson-branded squeegee, hang it up to dry for a few hours, then put the strips of film into the holder and give it a good blast with a Giottos Rocket Blower before it goes into the scanner. I get very few hairs or tide marks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sunshine7913 Quote
For water marks, should I wash it after the photo wash chemical?
Finish with Photo Flo diluted in distilled water. Squeegee should not be needed, though I have been known to use the edge of a viscous photo sponge to encourage to water on its way. As for dust...canned air or a rocket blower can do the job. All that being said, it would be good to remember that Ansel Adams, despite being a stickler for technique and very, very picky, employed a full-time person to manually retouch his prints with brush and ink prior to mounting and framing.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
All that being said, it would be good to remember that Ansel Adams, despite being a stickler for technique and very, very picky, employed a full-time person to manually retouch his prints with brush and ink prior to mounting and framing.

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Don't you love spotting the print . . .
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Distilled water... hmmm
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Shake the water off best you can, hang the film and use a small fan to blow air over it while it dries in the bathroom with the door shut. You can turn on the hot shower first to create steam to settle any existing dust if it is that bad. But I get really clean negatives after drying ( without the steaming) with this method. And of course I use a can of air to blow off any remaining dust prior to loading it in the film scanner.
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