Streaky Film

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Hello, I just developed my first roll of film ever and to my surprise actually turned out quite nice but it is kind of streaky is that normal? Should I clean the negatives with something before scanning them? Will the streaks show in the scan? Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks.
 

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my guess is that you have dirt or snags in your camera, though I have seen streaky effects by poor agitation.

if teh streaks are just water marks, wash in photoflo. No photoflo? Try MiraLax!
 

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No Photo Flo or MiraLax, do what I do and use Jet Dry!
 

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Jet dry would be cheaper than MiraLax.

But does it help with the artistic constipation?
 

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My Caffinol mix says...no :(
 

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Oh Caffinol - there are so many other, more interesting developing agents than Nescafé worth looking into...
 
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Thanks everyone, the negatives look great I can't wait to scan them, I'm just happy it worked and I'll experiment with ways to get it " un-streaky ".

I have got photo flow and, after dumping the fixer out, I just poured water in the tank and took the funnel part out and then poured a tiny bit of photoflow and swished it around like fancy people with wine do in movies. Should I just try rolling the film back up in the spool and try that again or is there another technique you photo-flo users are talking about you wouldn't mind sharing.

Thanks again everyone,
Brad
 
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Also forgot to mention, I can't be sure but I don't think its a camera problem unpopular, I've gotten prints and negatives from drug stores and they always look fine. I just wanted to do it myself for fun.
 

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well, be sure to scan them in and post! if the streaks are in the negative, rather than just "on" in the negative, i'm sure we can help diagnose the problem.
 

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don't take the film off the spool, leave it on. Use a few drops of photo flo with distilled water, or a "few drops with tap water. Too much photoflow will create even more issues with the film
 

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Isn't the stock solution for photoflo like 1ml per liter? I'd just follow the stock recipe. Both jugs and photoflo are cheap.

And yeah, like any detergent, it can leave a residue if too highly concentrated.
 

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I use it as a one shot process. A few drops in 16oz of distilled water. If developing more than one roll of film I use it again,but when finished with the run I discard the solution. Keeping it usually results in strange things growing in the bottle :)

Also, I use LPN rather than photoflow, as i like it better. I bit more expensive but I feel it does a better job.
 

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I always use filtered or distilled water for the photoflo step. Just some cheap bottled water from the store.

My experience with tap water is that it has a surprising amount of grit and crap in it -- but this is mostly or entirely rinsed off by that that final photoflo step.

Also, do NOT over agitate the photoflo solution. This is basically a very very powerful soap, and it'll foam up easily and leave dried bubbles all over your film. Gently gently.
 

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I never used to agitate on photoflo, just pretty much dip and remove. There really isn't any need, provided that your solution is pre-mixed. It's just there to lower the surface tension so that there is no visible residue left behind.
 

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and btw - it works like a powerful soap, but it's actually polyethylene glycol - an emulsifier. I don't remember the exact molecular weight ... i think it's something like 2200 g/mol.

Soaps are typically the salts of fatty acids that work as surfactants.
 
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