interesting ebay item--IR DBI

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by Matt5791, Apr 22, 2006.

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    Matt,

    There was a long and very interesting thread late last year about developing film by inspection using IR goggles. It can be done and the thread even had info on building a light box to use under a glass tray so you could use the goggles to see through the film -- interesting!

    I have not done it and will not do so, but it looks like some folks are able to do it well and get a lot out of it.
     
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    Most film is insensitive to IR. One can always sacrifice a sheet of whatever film they use to precisely test this. I wouldn't bother testing unless the film is specifically IR sensitive. Wearing bulky goggles and a belt-mounted battery while developing film by inspection sounds awfully uncomfortable.
     
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    If you go with a goggle ensure you can focus it easily and it should be able to read small text. I have a IR monocular made by ATN, the cheapest you can get as far as I can tell and it works good.
     
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    Sean, does your monocular have a model number? I've had a look at a few websites over the last couple of days but couldn't work out what the important features were. It's much easier if someone says "I have X and it works fine".
     
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    Paul and Matt,
    I recently purchased the Viper monocular for DBI and loading film at some recommendations given here on APUG as well as Ken Lee. I'm working in 11x14 only so these things have more than paid for themselves from just using them to load my film holders.

    As far as DBI is concerned, I use them as a "back up" tool when I get near the end of my predetermined processing time. They come in handy for doing odd things here and there while I process too.These NVG's are just another tool for the darkroom which I've come to use frequently and depend on.

    Mike
     
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    Sean, Jeremy & Mike - thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to hear. While I don't have any trouble working with sheet film, loading roll film on to reels still causes me problem fro time to time. I'm also looking at slitting film so I can use B&W in my Pentax 110 and I think these will make that task much easier too.