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Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Bruce Osgood, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Bruce Osgood

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    New Kodak Tri X 4X5 format.

    Loading film holders, left handed, where do the notches belong?
     
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    Upper right or lower left is emulsion side facing you. I usually load with the notches lower left, so that if for some reason I have a loaded holder and don't know what the film is, I can go in the darkroom and feel the edge without having to remove the sheet all the way from the holder.
     
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    Check out this article: http://www.butzi.net/articles/filmload.htm

    Lots of good photos.
     
  5. Bruce Osgood

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    David and Brian - Thank you.

    In Davids case the lower left would be under the small flap that closes last and in Brians case the upper right would not be seen/felt until film was removed. I guess this will be true regardless of the film, I'm guessing all film is notched in the same place.
     
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    That is a really good article. Only thing I would mention is that I personally don't take the dark slide all the way out of the holder when loading.


     
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    I am with Brian. No need to pull the darkslide all the way out - I pull it out only about 1/4 of the way out. I load my film with the darkslide closest to me and the flap furthest - i.e. with the notch on the top right corner.
     
  8. Bruce Osgood

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    AHHHHHH, that's where it is! I've saw this article some time ago and spent all morning trying to find it again.

    Thanks everybody.
     
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    not a dumb question and the link provided by roteague is excellent. I reverse the dark side and put it back in the film holder ( I insert it just enough to keep it from falling out) when ready to expose. This way you don't lose it which is very easy to do in the woods, clutterd areas and or on long exposures in low light.