Handling Negatives

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  1. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I didn't see a thread for this... I'm sure the information is here, but it's scattered throughout many threads.

    I recently got myself a film scanner, and I'm sure lots of other people here have one too.

    What precautions should I be taking to protect the negatives?
    Is there a safe way to get the dust off of them before scanning?
    What should I be storing them in?

    Any other tips you can think of?

    Thanks,
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    Well... there are such things as film cleaners, but I haven't used one for more than 25 years.

    I store negative strips in film sleeves, individual negs in glassine envelopes.

    -Pete
     
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    Holy **** man - $300 for that?!
     
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    Before scanning I usually just blow the dust off with a hurricane blower. If the film has been kept clean that is all that is necessary. The next step is to use a brush. I use a Kinetronics brush.

    Very dusty film can sometimes be cleaned effectively with Scotch Magic Tape - the cloudy stuff. I've used it a lot for cleaning slides before mounting them in glass. This horrifies some people, but it works like a charm. You press it on gently, then peel it off. Liquid film cleaner is my last resort because of the risk of scratching the film.

    There are many different types of film sleeve available. I use polyester sleeves. I used to use glassine, and my earliest negs from the late 60's are still surviving in glassine. Glassine is good and soft, and unlikely to hold particles that scratch film. It isn't usually archivally rated, but acid-free glassine is available.

    Best,
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    I wear white cotton gloves to handle negs.
     
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    what about the canned air? does come out quite cold and have to make sure you don't press too hard or it's liquid and not air that's coming out.
     
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    What's the best way to get fingerprints off without damaging the negs? (I do try to be careful, but it's bound to happen eventually...)


    EDIT
    Even if I don't get my own fingerprints on them, the people at walmart don't always wear gloves, and they probably get a little lax sometimes and touch the negs with their bare hands. I know that could probably be avoided by not letting walmart develop them, but short of that - what can be done?
     
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    Me Too.. cheap and easy to use. You can find them at any photography store.
     
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    I get the gloves four pair at a time from the photo store.
     
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    Any tips on removing fingerprints/smudges? Water & microfiber cloth seems safe, is it?
     
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    Anti-static cloth is the easiest.. canned air is also useful. If you have fingerprints or stuck on dust, then you may want to rewash the negatives before scanning. Rinse under room temp tap water (you can use a tiny amount of dishsoap for stubborn dirt), then soak in distilled water for 15 minutes--hang to dry with a clip on the bottom to keep the film from curling.
     

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