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    4x5 Film Drying

    Continuing my slow crawl towards large format...

    I've been getting my things together for developing 4x5 and I guess I'm just about there. Working through the process, I have (at least) one more question.

    How do you hang 4x5 film to dry? This is no problem for me with roll film, but I have no idea how to do it with sheet.

    Thanks,

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    Wooden clothes pins. Film slips in plastic pins.

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    I use hangers I made out of wire clothes hangers and binder clips from the office supply store. To keep the film apart, I add bits of drinking straw and washers, as shown.
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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    I guess I was concerned that there would not be enough area around the image to clip something to.
    Is that not a problem?

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    Quote Originally Posted by dazedgonebye View Post
    I guess I was concerned that there would not be enough area around the image to clip something to.
    Is that not a problem?
    We posted at the same time. The binder clips make a very narrow profile at the attachment point, fitting easily within the margin on the film.

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    Ever seen the really big clothes hangers? the ones with maybe 4 or 5 horizontal bars? Similar to the top left here:




    I turn the hanger on its side (so it is flat, not vertical) and use film clips on the bars. One on the top corner, and one on the bottom corner - the film dries diagonal cool/room-temp.

    I only have the clips in about 3mm or so on the film, because the metal spring is strong.

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    I second the wooden clothes pins. I hang sheet film from the notched corner. Plenty of room for a good grip there.

    Bruce Watson

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    Thanks guys,
    Looks like there's no problem there after all.

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    Re: 4x5 Film Drying

    Shmoo I saw one of those when I looked for a picture of the clothes hanger I meant - they look ideal for space saving.

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