Curly negatives

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    Any tip to make negatives become flat faster after drying. The AGFA APX is very curly even after hours dried. v:sad:
     
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    Good Morning, Marciofs,

    After the film is dry, don't cut it immediately. Put it back on a processing reel with the emulsion side OUT, giving it a reverse curl. I do this with Foma 200 Creative. It works, but it does take some time, perhaps several days with the Foma. This problem is a reminder that Kodak T-Max and Ilford films do have definite advantages!

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    Thanks. I try next time because I have cutter it already and I put in a book to make it flatter.
     
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    One thing I've heard is to let them dry more slowly by using a slightly humid environment. Since I run the hot water in the shower before hanging my negs, this accomplishes that as well as batting down the dust.
     
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    All good advices. You can also try Ilford films. From my experience they dry perfectly flat. Better than any other brand.

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    Winger gives good advice. I don't know how you are drying your negs, but perhaps if you leave them to dry in ambient temperature over several hours you will not get that curl.
     
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    If you are using a hardening fix, switching to a non-hardening fix will make a huge difference. With Tri-X the difference in curliness is night and day.
     
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    I dry mine on the reel and they tend to have a curl initially. This really doesn't bother me too much when I scan and print them. I store my negatives in sleeves and they always flatten out on their own after brief storage. I do find that some films curl more than others as mentioned above.
     
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    The downside to this advice is that the negatives are less resistant to abrasion.
     
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    I am used to Ilford negatives and so to cut them after 30m it is dried.

    But I am noting all the advices because I will use this APX negatives for my street shots from now on. :smile:
     
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    True, Clive...I have heard that it can be an issue with some Foma and Efke films to not use a hardening fix due to their relatively soft emulsions...

    Though Ilford and Kodak and Fuji say hardener is not necessary, and in fact can impede your washing regimen. I haven't used hardening fixer in my own darkroom for years, and have found that the only severe scratches I have incurred on any of my negatives have been the result of grit on the pressure plates/rollers in my cameras which I daresay a hardener in my fix would have done little to prevent.

    It is worth trying a non-hardening fixer, like Ilford Hypam or the like (I use Kodak C-41 fix for both b/w film and prints, it's non-hardening and neutral ph).

    If you haven't had issues with scratches prior to now, you'll probably be fine.

    Edit: I too have also noticed that Agfa APX films are a bit more bowed than my Kodak and Ilford films...especially the APX25, though it flattens out reasonably after being in the sleeve for a day or two.
     
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    I simply dry my negatives as long as overnight and then put them inside negative sleeves with a heavy book on top for one day. It really works for me.
     
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    I cut them after they've dried, then I more or less force them into my plastic-sleeves, no matter how curly they may be.
    After a few days in my negative folder, they are flat.

    The only film that I've not been able to flatten after a while in the sleeves, is Rollei ortho 25. This film is still pretty curly, even after 8 months of flat storage in the negative filder. Curls up like spring. Actually, the whole "page" holding the negatives like to bend and buckle as I browse =)

    - It's just as potent today as it was when I developed it, really strange.
     
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    Hang them to dry; put them in a sleeve; roll the sleeve against the curl and place inside of a paper towel roll for a while, overnight ideally. Totally flat when they come out. I have been doing it this way for years.
     
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    Thanks,
    As you describe it seems to be the easiest and fastest way. :smile:
     
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    It's always directly tied to humidity. All flattening is temporary if the emulsion is naturally curly as the emulsion will always pull against the base creating the curl.
     
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    Even if temporary, it is much better to handle flat negatives than curly.