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    Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Hi friends,

    I've been cutting 4X5 sheet film in the size of 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 there is 4 or 5 months. My present work flow permits me to cut a box of 25 sheets in one hour, or so.
    I'm using a rotary trimmer with a full box at my left side and an empty box at the right with the trimmer in the middle.
    In your case - if you have to make the same cutting process to fit 4x5 or 8x10 in a smaller size - my question is:
    How long do you take to to arrive to nearby the same amount - 50 cut sheets - and if your time is much shorter then that, what's the work flow and hardware you're using to make it?

    Cheers,

    Renato

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    You're faster than me.

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Two http://www.dickblick.com/products/da...XqMaAq2k8P8HAQ

    Set up for each cut. These cutters are very gentle as the 'automatic paper' clamp is soft rubber that lowers just before the blade. I use them only for film to keep dust away.

    I find for this they work faster and cheaper than my larger Rotatrim which is better at other things.

    My hands are not greasy for about an hour. I wash them just before starting and work faster without gloves. Ymmv
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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Get a pair of Infrared goggles - makes it a lot easier when you can see what you are doing.

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Bob,

    With PanChromatic film?

    Cheers,

    Renato

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Awesome. I'm going to cut some 8x10 foma to wp size.. it's about $1 cheaper per sheet than the Ilford ulf order prices...sorry ilford!!

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Quote Originally Posted by RSalles View Post
    Bob,

    With PanChromatic film?

    Cheers,

    Renato
    IR goggles are fine on pan film. Many forum members report good results with this goggle. Regardless of the goggle you buy, don't use the lights on the goggle itself. Install IR bulbs in your darkroom instead.
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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Thanks, gens, the IR goggles seems to be a excellent solution to all our dark operations, but in my case, with the small amount of film I cut I think the cost doesn't justify the acquisition. I would be used one time by month. Probably when the amount of film cut increases,

    Cheers,

    Renato

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Quote Originally Posted by RSalles View Post
    Thanks, gens, the IR goggles seems to be a excellent solution to all our dark operations, but in my case, with the small amount of film I cut I think the cost doesn't justify the acquisition. I would be used one time by month. Probably when the amount of film cut increases,

    Cheers,

    Renato
    I use them quite a bit - loading and unloading film holders and developing by inspection. They are really nice when developing sheet film in trays.

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    Re: Sheet film cut: best practices inquire

    Greetings Bob, just came across this post. Question :- What is the 'Brand-name' of your I R Goggles ? What price ( US Dollars) ? and from Whom ? I am interested in trying ' Development of 4 X 5 B&W films by " Inspection " ....... Cheers Barrie B. Melbourne Australia .

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