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    Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    Hi Folks,

    I'm new to LF and have been practising loading/unloading film holders with an exposed sheet of film. I have been following advice from video's on you tube and internet guides (e.g http://www.butzi.net/articles/filmload.htm) and have a few questions:

    1) I find that by holding the film along the long edges and slotting into the holder, it is curving slightly. Is this problematic?

    2) When you insert the film, do you push it all the way or do you pull it back to the square indent?

    3) I will not go through a whole box of film in one go, so need to able to transfer exposed film to another box. I guess the best thing would be to use an old film box, but because I am new to this I don't have any! So, where do you get them from?

    4) I plan on sending off film to a lab. As long as it is all, say, negative film does it matter if I mix up films in the same box?

    Thanks in advance

    Graham

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    1. I find it easier to hold a short side and feed the film into the holder. When in the holder the film should not curve at all; it needs to lay flat.

    2. All the way in.

    3. Yes, segregate exposed film from unexposed. Get some extra boxes. Ask around here... there seems to alwyas be someone with spares they are willing to offer.

    4. If it is all the same film, sure. But if I'm shooting C-41 400 speed and C-41 160 speed I use two separate boxes. It might not matter but...

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    1) I hold film by the notched corner with my right thumb and middle finger. I push it home with my forefinger along the adjacent narrow edge.

    2) All the way.

    3) Separate boxes. You can get them gratis from members here.

    4) I recommend not mixing films at all. Choose one and shoot it until you know it well, and are familiar with its characteristics.
    Then you can expand your horizons by shooting one other film, likewise until you're fully comfortable with it.

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    No mixing allowed. different films have different requirements for chemistry or temps.
    B&W and color use different chemistry too.

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    Thanks everyone for your time. Comments noted!

    Cheers,

    Graham

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    As LF is new to me, I am surprised by the amount of force necessary to insert the film holder; the impression that focus has changed keeps me worried all the time.
    J. K.

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    The film should go into the holder very easily without any force needed.

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    3) Careful, not all triple nesting boxes are lightproof. An empty paper box can be used if sufficiently taped, until you accrue empty film boxes. Ask that they be returned from the lab.

    4) The important thing to remember about development is that films will be handled it the dark, and all different developments, E-6 vs. B/W, normal vs. push (Zone +N) vs. pull (Zone -N) of the same type should be segregated into separate boxes. Marking each type–development box is the only practical way for the lab to know what your films are (notch codes, if present, aside) and how they are to be developed. This will become self-evident when you begin to develop film yourself .

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ROL View Post
    It follows then, that different films (i.e., Tri-X, FP4+, Efke, etc.) destined for the same development, say normal, may be included within the same box.
    !!!???

    Different films may require different TIMES in the same developer.

    Each box should contain only one type of film.

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    Re: Loading/unloading film holders....simple questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    !!!???

    Different films may require different TIMES in the same developer.

    Each box should contain only one type of film.

    - Leigh
    Thanks for the correction. Of course, different films may require different times in the same developer. What I meant to indicate was different films destined for the same development can be boxed together. Wait a minute, isn't that what I wrote? I never indicated a specific developer/film combos, though I agree it is unneccesarily confusing for the OP in his beginning dealings with a lab. The sentence has been deleted.

    Not for the OP: Each box does not necessarily have to be of the same film if all the films get the same development, from the same developer, but this may not be evident from any particular lab – oh nevermind.

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