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    Contact printing 6x7 negatives?

    Hello Folks, I am in the process of developing and contact printing medium format negatives for a client. When I developed the first roll, I noticed that they were 6x7 negatives. And now, moving on to the next step, how the heck do I arrange these 10 frames on an 8x10 sheet of paper? I cut the roll into two strips of three and two strips of two frames. Those strips do not lend themselves to arrangement. I can't just use two sheets of paper, because there are about 70 rolls in the batch.

    Any experience? Any suggestions? As usual, I seek the wisdom of the web.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Try 8½ x 11-inch paper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    Try 8½ x 11-inch paper?

    Ken
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    You cannot fit ten 6cm x 7cm negatives on a single 8x10 sheet, just as you cannot fit ten 6cm x 7cm negatives in a single standard sheet of negative protectors.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

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    I took this as a challenge.

    An only ways I could figure you could *possibly* do are:

    Method 1:
    Cut them all up in 2 up strips.
    Place one on long way along the 10" side
    Place remaining on short way parallel to 8" side
    You can actually place total of 11 frames this way.

    Method 2:
    Cut two 3 up strips and place them along the long side
    Cut the remaining on single frame and put them along the short side

    Method 2 can easily fit all frames but I doubt your client would be pleased if you cut his negs in one frame each pieces.
    Method 1 can just barely fit but rebate will be outside the paper. It will require you to very VERY carefully position each frame.

    If I were you, I'd just get a box of paper and do two.... Method 1 really isn't practical. Method 2 is not likely please your client.

    This is the best I can do to help you out.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Good Evening, Mark,

    Start with what Ken says, slightly larger paper; with a little cheating, enough information from all ten frames can usually be squeezed on. Consider, however, that few of us get 10 exposures per roll which we actually want to print anyway. Sacrificing a worthless frame leaves 9 frames which will fit easily (strips of three, horizontally), even on an 8 x 10 sheet.

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    who makes 8 1/2 x 11 enlarging paper and where do you buy it ?
    thank you, regards, ma.d.

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    Foma do a 9.5 x 12 inch - Fomaspeed 312 is a flat RC paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by madiaz View Post
    who makes 8 1/2 x 11 enlarging paper and where do you buy it ?
    thank you, regards, ma.d.
    Ilford makes 8 1/2 x 11 RC paper. You can get it at Freestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madiaz View Post
    who makes 8 1/2 x 11 enlarging paper and where do you buy it?
    Click here.

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    Hi,

    Ilford and Kentmere make 9,5 x 12 " paper, which would work perfectly, but I haven't seen it in B&H or Adorama. Not sure if it is obtainable in the USA. It certainly is in the UK, from Ag Photographic, Silverprint etc. It is locally available in South Africa through specialist importers, which is where I get my stock. The way I cut my frames for 6x7 is 2:3:3:2, and I leave the rebate on to make it easier to handle the end strips. I use Printfile sleeves for 4x3 frames. Some of the labs use 3-channel sleeves that are on a roll. They usually then cut the film 3:4:3 with the rebates on, and cut the sleeve to length. Both ways will allow you to use 9,5 x 12 " paper. If I were a client, I would not want to get a film back in single frames. It will make scanning more laborious, and there is a better chance of damaging a frame. It is also more difficult to sleeve and retrieve from the sleeve afterwards. So leave it like you have it now, and then use larger paper. If you don't find the ideal size, then use the next larger size trim it back with a guillotine. Another possibility is to buy roll, and cut to size with a guillotine. I am sure your client is worth more to you than skimping on photo paper.

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