Numbering Contact Sheets

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  1. coisasdavida

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    Hi all,

    Is there a see-through sticker you can purchase to number contact sheets?
    I'm looking forward to contacting 1500 sheets and would like an easier method than Sharpie Pen...

    Thank you!
     
  2. Bill Burk

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    There are numbering machines.

    I have three: a rubber stamp with four wheels you turn by hand (for a 4 digit number)

    A Bates numbering machine that is all-mechanical and offers skip numbering, (so for example you can number the print and the negative sleeves the same number then it advances)

    And an electronic stamping Dymo Date/Time Stamper (no model number) that does similar numbering electronically by hammering a rubber stamp band (kind of like a daisy wheel printer but a band instead of a wheel).
     
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    Bill, rubber stamp with wheels! Completely forgot that those existed. That should work over the white stripe on the printfiles, I'll test that on some of the stuff that doesn't have the writable area. Thanks!
     
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    Avery makes transparent labels you can print in a laser (or inkjet?) printer. It is really easy to get word processing software to make up a document which just fills in each label with an incremented number.
     
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    This probably doesn't apply to sheet film (if that's what you mean by "sheets") but one of the things I like to do with 35mm rolls, atleast for film/lens/ei/etc type info, is to write it all on one of the 37/38 frames with a sharpie and then contact the frames. This results in the written info being exposed to the contact sheet (negatively).
     
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    Matt, thanks, I guess I'll try that before the stamp!
     
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    I think Matt's idea is better than the stamp. Because the rubber stamp ink dries slowly it will probably smear on the PrintFile pages.
     
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    I use a sharpie to mark all formats. For sheet film, a fine-point sharpie in the rebate. It doesn't get much easier than using a Sharpie. Other alternatives may look neater, though. In the past I used a labeler and found it to be time-consuming and over time the labels peeled off.
     
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    Twin checks?
     
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    Jim, are they translucent to print?
     
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    It might be handy to make up your own copyright and artwork to suit the space at the end of a 30,5cm sheet. Print it out on A4 on a laser printer etc, together with a few sets of numbers 0-9 (and/or letters). Shoot a few shots. Project-print on to sheet film backwards, then contact it for reversal.

    Oops, I might be getting carried away with enthusiasm there, it could be much simpler to use Letraset (rub-down transfers) on some pieces of acetate, as that could give you individual numbers (say a 5mm high, or so) and letters/words which you can sandwich with the negs when you contact them?

    It should also be possible to get a local small-business printer to print clear self-adhesive labels with changing text (incrementing numbers say), so that would be another option. Possibly not so archival though and, potentially, labels can fall off too easily.
     
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    Hey.

    The ones I have (nearly run out of) are semi print thru, like the ones found at this link: http://www.twincheckphotography.com/twincheckphotography/twinchecks.html

    Admittedly its only the landing page for this guys site, but it illustrates the point!!

    Here in the UK, a couple of places sell them and they're quite cheap. The adhesive is quite good and they don't come off during processing. The hardest bit about using them is attaching one to the end of the roll of film in the dark!!!!

    HTH. :smile:
     
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    Thanks for all the replies.
    I went after some twinchecks in Brazil. Haven't had any luck finding them, but I may have found a way to get them from China.
     
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