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Is there actually a way to flatten negatives?

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by KierFX, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. KierFX

    KierFX Well-Known Member

    Hi there

    I'm currently in the processing of hacking a HP TMA to work with 12v DC directly rather than having it plugged into a compatabile scanner.

    I've been looking through the negatives I've devloped over the recent months; only 5 or 6 rolls but theres so many negatives. I don't have any clue on how to store them. They're all curling up too and I really need them to flatten out so that I can store them correctly. Some of the negatives are of my Mum and Dad's wedding so I really need to keep these safe as soon as possible. I currently have all of the negatives in a book with a lot of weight on top it in an attempt to sort this.


  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member


    You need something like http://www.theimagingwarehouse.com/ProductGrp/Film-Storage-Pages and an A4 file. If the negs. are of your parents' wedding, they should pay for the things! Remember to keep your fingers off the negs. as well

  3. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    +1 for the neg files. If you're feeling a bit frugal, you can always make some neg sleeves out of folded A4 paper (this is what I do when I process films for others).
  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Any conservation specialist will be cringing should they happen to read the above!
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    negatives do tend to curl. Best filed in short strips in acid-free negative holders. They can be a bit fiddly to slide the strips into. Make sure they are properly dry. Do be careful with the scissors!
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  6. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    As everyone has said, they do curl, but to varying degrees. The worst I've ever seen (and the tragedy is it was such a glorious film) was the discontinued Rollei Retro 400. Curls like a woodlouse and makes the negative archive page twist.
  7. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    I know, but I process films free for my friends and I draw the line at putting 'em in neg files as well. They can buy those! :)
  8. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Put the films in the neg holders and then put a couple heavy books or similar on top of them..............and no, I don't mean heavy reading!

  9. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Translucent neg storage pages are the way to go.
    however the anti curl back coating of modern films seems to be totally ineffective if used at all.

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