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    How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    So, no matter how often I check to make sure film is inserted in film holder correctly, it never fails that one or two sheets end up on wrong side of dark slide after making an exposure. I check in the changing bag by completely removing the dark slide then reinserting it. They always fully seat, no indication that film is inserted wrong.

    Yet, never fails that I remove dark slide, no indication something wrong, make exposure, reinsert slide and it either just won’t go in or goes in 99% of the way then binds up and i take out film in changing tent. If it was last shot of the day no harm no foul, but focus etc usually sucks. If it is in the middle of a shoot, then I just chalk up the loss of a sheet.

    At 4-6 bucks a sheet it adds up if you avg 1 or 2 every 30 frames or so.

    I use Toyo Cut film holders. Pretty nice ones however,

    Is there a better holder that is essentially bulletproof for preventing this rather expensive annoyance?

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    holders are all built to the same specifications. there's no reason that should be happening IF they're actually inserted properly.

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Perhaps your film is curling from temp humidity or angle

    You may need vacuum or adhesive

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    IT happens, usually due to shooting downward or improper loading. You could tilt the camera up so that the sheet falls back into the holder. It might be inconvenient if planning back up shots but saves money in the end. When loading, run your fingers along the edges to make sure the film is under the runners. Most of my holders also have 1/8" of play in them so I make sure the film can move end to end freely.
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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    I have had that problem before myself. In every casse, it was my fault. Either the sheet was not slid under the retsining groove on both sides or, more rasrely, I had loaded one sheet on top of another. . . .partially.

    The only cure is to use casre in loading.
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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    it happens. for years i have been wanting to get a cheap night vission goggle so i can actually keep my eyes open in the dark. im sure that would eliminate alot of loading and unloading problems.

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Quadruple checking while loading is my approach. First double check is when I think the film is under both side rails, but before sliding the sheet the rest of the way in, I try to lift the film at the edges to see if it is held fast on both edges of the holder. Second double check is after the sheet is fully inserted, I move my finger to each side of the holder at the top to try to lift the sheet. if it is inserted properly the film promptly "flaps" down because it is under the side rail. If the sheet pulls up then I know it isn't properly under the side rail.

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Reread, he checks

    He knows if his weapon is loaded

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ruttenberg View Post
    So, no matter how often I check to make sure film is inserted in film holder correctly, it never fails that one or two sheets end up on wrong side of dark slide after making an exposure. I check in the changing bag by completely removing the dark slide then reinserting it. They always fully seat, no indication that film is inserted wrong.

    Yet, never fails that I remove dark slide, no indication something wrong, make exposure, reinsert slide and it either just won’t go in or goes in 99% of the way then binds up and i take out film in changing tent. If it was last shot of the day no harm no foul, but focus etc usually sucks. If it is in the middle of a shoot, then I just chalk up the loss of a sheet.

    At 4-6 bucks a sheet it adds up if you avg 1 or 2 every 30 frames or so.

    I use Toyo Cut film holders. Pretty nice ones however,

    Is there a better holder that is essentially bulletproof for preventing this rather expensive annoyance?

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Reread, he checks

    He knows if his weapon is loaded
    Pulling and reinserting the dark slide is not the best way to check, so I am offering a better check on film loading.

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    Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    I have had film of questionable origins that was cut just enough too small to be able to pop out from under the rails.
    I don’t buy that film anymore.

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