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Thread: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

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    Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    I've just finished a disheartening search for 5/7 film and find only Kodak's Portra 160 in 5/7 sheets at B&H. Because of this I have decided I need to buy 8/10 and cut it.

    Any suggestions regarding
    • cutting boards
      cutters
      methods
      avoiding scratching the emulsion
      etc etc

    all comments and experiences are appreciated.

    thanks, Jan

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Rotatrim cutter -- polish all surfaces that can contact film for avoidance of scratches.

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Check out E-Bay just bought some there myself

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    I haven't tried cutting any yet myself. The ebay seller is back to selling full rolls for over $200 and $6+ per sheet in a box of 50 sheets is out of my league. I'll be watching this thread to see how it goes. I really would like to try some color film sooner or later.
    James

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Quote Originally Posted by jayabbas View Post
    Rotatrim cutter -- polish all surfaces that can contact film for avoidance of scratches.
    I'll check the local hardware or artists supply shops .. thanks !

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    Hi John... I should have been more specific in my post.. I posted for colour film ie C41 or E6.. Freestyle doesn't have any colour unfortunately however I do order BW from Freestyle already. I can recommend the Efke. I regularly use Tri X and HP5+ as well as FP4+

    thanks for the thought

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Stowell View Post
    Check out E-Bay just bought some there myself
    Ron, my omission.. I should have stated I was looking for colour film.. not BW. I am well stocked for 5/7 by all the regular suspects on that front. Thanks

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    Quote Originally Posted by winterclock View Post
    I haven't tried cutting any yet myself. The ebay seller is back to selling full rolls for over $200 and $6+ per sheet in a box of 50 sheets is out of my league. I'll be watching this thread to see how it goes. I really would like to try some color film sooner or later.
    I saw someone selling rolls of expired film for $200++ on Ebay. I don't think I'm a player for that. The curl on the last half of the roll will be horrific. I don't feel like dealing with seriously curled 5/7 film. It's one challenge more and I've enough of them already/.

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    Re: Any tips for cutting 8/10 LF sheets to 5/7

    I have used masking or duct tape on my paper cutter bed to cut film. The tape needs to be thick enough to be easily located and used as a jig in the dark and safely away from the cutter. Works well. Take the tape off the cutter as soon as you finish or tape adhesive will stick to the bed.

    CAUTION: Be sure to dry your hands before touching the film emulsion! Moisture on your fingertips WILL leave fingerprints in/on the film. I always placed the film emulsion up. I imagined that I'd reduce scratches in the emulsion and, often, there is a slight curl in the film, enough to miss the edge of the tape.

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