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Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by fastw, Aug 7, 2012.
I always cut into the frames. What's the best way to do it?
I just go with very sharp, very thin scissors. That way, I can see what I'm doing.
You can also use an x-acto and ruler on a cutting mat.
I've found this cutter to be really useful - even with slides: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Film-Cutter-...566?pt=US_Vintage_Cameras&hash=item3374feacee
I use one of these:
Place your negs over a sheet of white paper, make sure there's good light, use a sharp pair of scissors and go slow.
Strong light, cotton gloves, white background, sharp thin scissors, patience .
Those two gadgets look good.
I use the dr.t film cutter as well. When I asked the same question (for the same reason) I got the "use scissors and patience" response as well. Labs use a cutter, why shouldn't I. Less errors, especially with frames that are close together on curly film.
Look for Fiskars shears (with mightily sharp needle points) and do the cut over a bright lightbox. Steady, confident hands will do it. Of course less of a margin for stuff ups when cutting 35mm than 120.
Fiskars can be bought from hobby shops that have stuff for sewing. I have had mine for more than 15 years.
Lab operators are not necessarily deadly accurate, as witnesseth a lab chopping through the last frame of a roll of 120 film! I had plenty to say (none of it repeatable here). I've never cut through or ruined any of my own trannies. Just my fingers...
+1 Surgical scissors and a lightbox
The lab type cutters are as accurate as the positioning. If care is taken in that part, they do fine, but so do scissors.
I like to use a cheap Fiskars plastic paper trimmer on a light box. It's overkill but it works nicely, and even tricky situations like too-close negative spacing are easy to deal with.
Geez, I can't believe this is even a problem. Enough light and a good, sharp pair of scissors.
This is another "I can't load steel/plastic reels" thing. Nobody can the first time. Just takes some patience and a little practice.
Sharp scissors and a light box. Never managed to botch a negative yet.
Like David I'm a bit surprised this is even an issue.
One of the reasons I like the cutter I recommended is that only one of my two hands is capable of either accurately holding film still or cutting film with scissors
A "guillotine" type cutter solves that problem - my weaker hand is quite capable of handling the blade. A rotary cutter will also work.
The "Dr. T" film cutter adds the translucent base, guides that hold the film straight and distance markers, so it works even better than a plain "guillotine" type cutter, especially with slide film.
Just started scanning, didn't have to cut for enlarger.
I use a battle axe to cut my negatives!
I'd like to see that. Will a machete do?
As long as it's sharp!
I use scissors.
I use my teeth and then cauterize the edges with a torch.
Just kidding, I set the negatives on a white piece of paper, then use my metal scale and x-acto knife.
I use one of these, too, or a sharp pair of scissors, whichever I find first.
Safety tip, do not run with the scissors while looking for the kaiser cutter.
I just wonder if dragging the negs through those cutter devices will scratch them (the negatives) in a serious way. Of course, cutting w/ scissors on a light box or white paper presents the same danger in some ways.
Matt, that's a really good point that I did not consider. I actually want to apologize for overlooking the possibility of having a physical impediment to using the tools I am used to. Thanks for the reminder.
Like others, I find this post amazing. Without meaning to be personal, perhaps you need reading glasses. This is not a question of kit or special cutting devices, just correct observation and a sharp pair of sissors.