Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] film curling
From: Vick Ko <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 06:48:11 -0400
References: <> <008701c0c26c$ae5d9900$1401100a@clive>

I dip the film into wetting agent, but then when I hang the
film, I do a final "rinse-off" with water.

Does this "undo" the good that the wetting agent did?

By the way, I do get curl, but not much.  I was surprised
that Agfa BW film curled more than Ilford FP.


clive sanbrook wrote:

> Doug,
> I dry most of my films the same way and although I get a slight curl it's
> only about the same as films that I've managed to dry in a proper drying
> cabinet.  I  do tend to put the negatives in filing sheets before I scan
> them but if put face down on a table the centre would still be about 1/8" or
> so (3 to 4mm) higher than the edges.  It seems about the same whether its
> E6,C41 or B/W
> I always dip the film in highly diluted wetting agent as the last thing
> before taking it off the spiral and hanging it up -
> Hope this comparison helps - sorry I can't throw any more light on your
> problem - I dont know the Epson scanner - do you cut the film into 6's
> before you load it or does it take the whole roll? Is there anywhere there
> where you can change what you do?  I,ve used both Nikon and Artek negative
> holders and don't have any problem with scratching the emulsion
> Regards
> Clive Sanbrook
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Douglas Cooper" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: 11 April 2001 08:10
> Subject: Re: [Leica] film curling
> > Now that I'm set up to do film processing in my sink, I'm having only one
> > problem:  the film curls excessively when drying (in the normal way --
> from
> > side to side, in towards the emulsion).  I hang clips from it, but I don't
> > have any special drying facility -- it just hangs from the shower curtain
> > rod.  Is there some trick to flattening out the negatives?  It's so bad
> that
> > the (admittedly shoddy) negative holders on my Epson scanner now scratch
> the
> > surface of the film as I load it.
> >
> >
> > Douglas Cooper
> >
> >
> >
> >

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