Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/02/12

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Subject: [Leica] Film development ?
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:40:47 -0500

Every photographer I ever met for decades used a cap of photoflo in their
last rinse before they hung up their negs which they'd squeegee with the
first two figures of their hand. The idea of going out and buying water for
the purpose never came up I'm sure they'd find it very interesting and
wonder what the hell was going on.

Mark R.

> From: Charlie Chan <topoxforddoc at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:46:38 +0000
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Film development ?
> Ernie,
> I used to get this. Now I use the same fluid that I use to clean my vinyl 
> LPs!
> I have a stock of 4 parts distilled water: 1 part 70% isopropyl alcohol 
> with a
> few drops of photoflo per litre of solution. After I hang my negs up to 
> dry, I
> wipe the film with a Pec Pad onto which I have put a little of this
> alcohol/water mix. Only very rarely now do I get any hard water limescale
> drying marks.
> Best wishes,
> Charlie Chan
> On 12 Feb 2012, at 16:48, Charcot wrote:
>> I've been developing film since I was 13 but now at age 57 I keep on 
>> having
>> water stains on my negs - circular or semi-circular - a pain in the ass to
>> get rid of in photoshop - I use tap water wash with a little bit of 
>> photoflow
>> for about 30 sec before I hang them up
>> - Should I use distilled water wash at the end?
>> - more photoflow
>> thoughts and suggestions appreciated.
>> ernie nitka
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