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    Availability: those roll number labels that professional labs use

    It occurred to me the other day (don't laugh... sometimes this does happen) that it would be useful to have those sticky roll number labels that professional labs use when they process film. You know the ones I mean, I'm certain... two stickers with identical numbers (usually four digits); one goes on the film and stays on through development, the other goes on the envelope in which the film was deposited. After processing, the numbers are matched up so the film goes to the correct owner.

    Why would these be useful? Well, I tend to get quite behind in my processing and do huge batches at once. If I keep exposure records, I could put those labels on the film when I load it into the camera, and put the matching label on my notes for the roll. That way, I'd know what camera and lens I used for the film, and what exposure settings I used (if I recorded them).

    I'm sure that these must be available somewhere. Does anybody know where a lowly amateur can acquire them? I'm in Canada, but ordering them from the US would be fine. I'd even get them from overseas if I didn't have a North American source.

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    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    It would be easy enough to make your own with a sheet of Avery peel-n-stick labels and a pen. The labels come in some pretty small sizes and you can even format a word processing document to match the stickers and print up however many you want.
    Gary Beasley

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    There called "twin checks" and I have seen rolls of them on ebay over the last year, if you have to buy them new, they are expensive, but on ebay they turn up for rolls of thousands of them for just a few bucks. They are normally made out of mylar, so they are pretty resistant to the chemicals used in processing. If you can't find them, let me know and I will see what I can order some for you, in a regular home enviorment processing situations, one roll would last for years.

    Dave

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    check porter's. i got some from there several years ago, they do come in handy from time to time.
    http://www.aclancyphotography.com

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    I'm fairly sure I've seen them at B&H. As Dave says, they're called "twin checks."
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    Yep, twin checks are still available, as used by all mini-labs that still do film. You will find them at minilab supply stores, they are not cheap but you usually get 2000-5000 on a roll. A local minilab might be able to sell you a roll.
    Film's not dead, it's just got a negative image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyooso
    Wow, for the $25 minimum, you are going to have a lot of little stickers!

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    Hama used to have them, try www.hama.com (or .de)

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    Trek Hall in Toronto sells twin checks, minimum order with them is $100.00 canadian, buy some Kodak product to boost the order to the minimum.

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