Fuji FP100C, keeping it clean till dry?
I'm new registered to APUG, but i've been reading for some weeks.
I use many diff. cameras in different formats, but mostly the Polalaroid Mod 250, and with that one almost only Fuji FP-100C color film.
It is available at a reasonable price around here.
But since the beginning, i have problems with handling the film.
The surface is somehow "wet" and soft for quite some time after the exposure, and this creates problems with storing.
I always end up with a lot of dust, fingerprints or scratches on the film.
Is there a simple way to avoid this?
I tried storing it in a note-book, but then it sticks to the paper, and the surface gets damaged...
Thanks for suggestions!
PS: and feel free to take a look at the pics on my blog...
I love that fuji film. I haven't had too much problem with it gather fingerprints and such, but I have it set on a table for at least 5 mins and dry before moving it around. Even then its in a notebook or between some paper towels.
Depending on how you shoot you could try bringing a small pop-up container to store them in until they are dried while you shoot more. Also, i've never tried it myself, but once they have set for a while, you could put the image side to wax paper in your notebook. But I'd leave them out on a dust free shelf for 24 hours just to make sure their set.
How humid is your environment? Most of my shooting with the fuji was fall/winter and very dry.
The first five minutes are the problem.
Most of the time I'm outside, and often there is dust in the air.
If i leave it to dry, it collects tons of it. If i put it away, it sticks to anything, even wax paper.
So i have to hold it with the print side down till it is dry, and then store it.
That gives me an average of 8 pics per hour, which is sometimes not bad, considering the price of the material.
But i have missed some great shots, just because of that sticky print in my hand.
Try carrying some small container such as a rubbermaid food storage cup with lid thingy that would hold the film. Pop a few small holes throughout the container. When you have a freshly exposed shot, pop it in the container and seal it. The holes should provide ventilation with out letting much dust in. If your super paranoid you could cut a couple square inch hole in the top and tape some cheese cloth across it to act as a filter.
Hey, that's a great idea! I like it, thanks!
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keep the box...
that the film comes in. Throw your exposed image in the box to dry- keeps out the dust and has enough headroom to not touch the top of the image. You can put two photos in the box back to back to dry- since you usually have some curl to the photo, only a small portion will touch the cardboard box. And if your film is not curling, just put some dimples in the corners of the box on both sides- only four points of cardboard box will touch each photo.
You can only store two at a time, but it beats holding on to each shot for five minutes.
Good Luck, I love that film- especially in the absurdly expensive 4x5 version!