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    Curly negatives

    Any tip to make negatives become flat faster after drying. The AGFA APX is very curly even after hours dried. v

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    Good Morning, Marciofs,

    After the film is dry, don't cut it immediately. Put it back on a processing reel with the emulsion side OUT, giving it a reverse curl. I do this with Foma 200 Creative. It works, but it does take some time, perhaps several days with the Foma. This problem is a reminder that Kodak T-Max and Ilford films do have definite advantages!

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    Thanks. I try next time because I have cutter it already and I put in a book to make it flatter.

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    One thing I've heard is to let them dry more slowly by using a slightly humid environment. Since I run the hot water in the shower before hanging my negs, this accomplishes that as well as batting down the dust.

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    All good advices. You can also try Ilford films. From my experience they dry perfectly flat. Better than any other brand.

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    Winger gives good advice. I don't know how you are drying your negs, but perhaps if you leave them to dry in ambient temperature over several hours you will not get that curl.

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    If you are using a hardening fix, switching to a non-hardening fix will make a huge difference. With Tri-X the difference in curliness is night and day.
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    I dry mine on the reel and they tend to have a curl initially. This really doesn't bother me too much when I scan and print them. I store my negatives in sleeves and they always flatten out on their own after brief storage. I do find that some films curl more than others as mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lange View Post
    If you are using a hardening fix, switching to a non-hardening fix will make a huge difference. With Tri-X the difference in curliness is night and day.
    The downside to this advice is that the negatives are less resistant to abrasion.

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    I am used to Ilford negatives and so to cut them after 30m it is dried.

    But I am noting all the advices because I will use this APX negatives for my street shots from now on.

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