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    6 x 9 cm film

    Any of y'all know where else besides J & C I can get 6x9 cm sheet film to fit my beautiful ICA Ideal?

    Or failing that, can someone give me a "for dummies" verison of how to cut down 4x5 in the dark without chopping a finger off?

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    What's the line? "Use The Force, Luke. Use The Force." Or, maybe the Zen admonition - "Become one with your cutter, Grasshopper."

    If you end up cutting your own, I'd suggest a two-step process - cutting one dimension and then placing the film back in the box before resetting the guide. Roller-style cutters are a bit safer than the guillotine type. I'd also suggest the cotton film-handling gloves. You could try the chain-mail gloves from your local rent-a-knight store, but they tend to scratch the emulsion.
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    I sliced the tip of my finger off doing something like this. Granted, I lost more blood than flesh but also ruined a bunch of film.

    Better to find a source or convert the camera to use something more readily available (can you adapt it to accept a modern roll film back?)

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    I just checked Adorama's website. Ilford HP4 is still available in 2x3 sheet. Not a bad price either.
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    Could you simply cut a roll of 120?

    I guess it depends on the tollerances of your back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley
    I just checked Adorama's website. Ilford HP4 is still available in 2x3 sheet. Not a bad price either.
    6.5x9cm (2.55x3.54 inches)which is many times refered to as 6x9 is not the same as 2x3 (2.25x3.25)

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    Cutting down 4x5 for 6x9 is going to be awfully wastefull. If that doesn't bother you I'd personally build two jigs. One sized to cut the paper down to the first size you need. The second designed for the second cut. It means spending more money on the cutter setup but you won't be resetting the cutter all the time. That'll save you time and in the end film.

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    Try to get 9x12cm film - then you just need to cut it in half.

    Are you sure that the Ica Ideal takes 6x9cm film, and that it isn't 6.5x9?
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    Many moons ago I got ilford from BH. just a thought. I tried cutting 4x5 and it was really wasteful. I did the roller cutter and I did put the film back in the box after each cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    Try to get 9x12cm film - then you just need to cut it in half.

    Are you sure that the Ica Ideal takes 6x9cm film, and that it isn't 6.5x9?
    The "6x9" ICA's I've seen over the years were all 6.5x9 which is why I posted the difference above. That's not to say that there couldn't have been other sizes.

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