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    Marking negatives

    I need to number some black and white negatives with small, permanent numbers in the film border. Is there something easier than an old fashioned India ink technical pen?

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    Re: Marking negatives

    Ed, Don't skimp on this-use a Rapid-o-Graph. I've had submissions rejected solely on this issue. Its not worth the savings of going cheaper unless it is absolutely identical in quality. Find a source that sells refurbished ones.
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    Re: Marking negatives

    I started a thread last year about exactly that, and got some great answers.
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ight=negatives

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    Kirk - it is not the cost, it is keeping them working. But maybe they are better designed than in 1970.

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    Re: Marking negatives

    Can't answer that. I borrow them when I need them from architect clients.
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    Re: Marking negatives

    Are you referring to (Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pens)?

    They are instruments that if not used regularly will dry and clog up and are a major chore to clean.

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    Re: Marking negatives

    Our space program (NASA) found out that ink pens did not work in space and weightless environment. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to research and develop a ink pen that would work for our astronauts........ The Russians looked at this problem and solved it for less than 25 cents...... They used pencils....

    I use a fine tip Sharpie ... cost less than a buck ... they work great and dipped on my tongue deluded the ink enough to use for spotting my photos

    oh they are sold at the local Walmart Walgreens CVS ect....

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    Re: Marking negatives

    He didn't say it but I think Ed is refering to HABS documentation negative notations. They will reject it if you use a sharpie. I know. It happened to me.
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    Kirk is right. Sharpies rub right off. I am curious about some of the modern pigment pens that are self-contained and disposable.

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    Re: Marking negatives

    Use a RED Rapidograph. They work great for me.
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