A lot of the space race technology was metric, and metric measures are in most cases official measurement units in the USA are metric.
It is one of those "left-wing" things :munch:
So I processed a roll last night. Final rinse was 1L of distilled water + 5mL of Ilfotol for roughly 30 seconds. Hanging to dry, the negatives were drying abnormally fast. There was already only a few drops here and there. I ended up using the squeegee once, but that's it. I probably didn't even need to. But as most of it was dried, I inspected and blobs still appear on the base side. The emulsion side appears to be fine, it seems. I don't know. I'll look into the film sponge and alcohol thing...but I would've figured this would've worked. The only thing I can think of now is reloading it onto the spiral (I haven't cut the negatives, it's still hanging) and rewashing with 1L of distilled water at roughly 20°C. Should I readd Ilfotol though? I'm not sure.
Make sure you don't inadvertently scratch the emulsion side while you handle the film.
The clue to your problem is your reference to the film drying "abnormally fast". This tells me that your humidity is very low. Did you wet down your shower area before you hung the film to dry there?
If you are going to squeegee, it is the base side you should concentrate on.
Also, can you hang your film sideways, so the water only needs to travel about 30 mm to reach the edge?
The bathroom I'm using is a half bath...no shower. The main bathroom with a shower is too messy and dusty, I'd rather not. I can't hang the film sideways, unless an awkward U shape is ok. The bathroom is not wide enough. Does the cloth need to be dampened with distilled water, or should tap water be ok?
Huh? All of Canada is metric, eh. Not just the province of Quebec, eh. Has been since about '76, eh.Quote:
I bet your fellow Canadians in Quebec are metric
I don't think those are reticulation marks. I've never seen reticulation on only small bits of the film. Also, with modern films it is very very difficult to reticulate. It's from wet film inserted into the sleeve, me thinks.
Ok, thanks MattKing for that tip. I picked up a chamois from Canadian Tire and cleaned it, than dampened it in distilled water. I ran it a couple times gently down the base side, where the marks were showing up. Dried very quickly it seems and now there doesn't look to be any water marks. Hooray! I keep looking, expecting to find something, but nothing.
Glad this worked for you.
I still think though that lack of humidity is a big part of the problem - can you put out a small tray of water near where you are drying the film?