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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.

    Help!

    Kieran
     
  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member


    Kieran,

    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

    S
     
  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!

    Lynn
     
  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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