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    Quote Originally Posted by Konical
    Good Evening, Zhenya,

    I make contact sheets from negatives of any size I shoot. I use 8 1/2 x 11 Kodabrome II RC, #2 grade for all the sheets. The contact sheet not only provides a handy record for filing but also has plenty of space on the back for noting enlargement data for the individual negatives.

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    Doh! I never thought of that... Excellent idea - saves all those bits of paper falling out! Consider that idea stolen

    Cheers, Bob.

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    I make contact proofs of all negs, even 4x5s. I like to file the proof and the negs in folders along with a printout from a database I record exposure info, developing data and printing details in.

    I used to make low contrast proofs but have gravitated back to normal contrast ones as my film exposure and processing has improved and gotten more consistant.

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    I do with 35mm when i shoot it but that's it. How the hell can you make a contact proof of 10 6x7 negs when only 9 fit in the sleeve? This drives me crazy when i want to store them. Usually as soon as my 4x5 and 6x7 negs they are dry i scan them. This gives me a pretty good idea of what to expect when enlarging and i can also use the good scans for my website someday. I'd rather scan prints for that but i rarely print smaller than 11x14.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    ... How the hell can you make a contact proof of 10 6x7 negs when only 9 fit in the sleeve? This drives me crazy when i want to store them. ...
    You're using the wrong sleeves...
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    I've never seen sleeves that will hold 10 individual 6x7cm negs and can be contact printed on 8x10 paper. How about a print file number?
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    I can't remember the number, and I'm 300km away from home. But mine are made by Panodia.
    Besides they won't fit on 8x10" paper - as I said I use 9.5x12" paper, which is just a little bit larger than the negative pages. That way the negs show up against the white back of the next contact sheet when they're in the album.

    There are HAMA 00002289.
    And Printfile #020-0200.

    But neither will fit on 8x10"!
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    I use RC paper to make a proof sheets of all my 120 rolls. Its a good way to evaluate negatives that might make good candidates for finished prints. Currently my filing system consists of a pile in the corner of my darkrook. One of these days I'll get around to organizing them! lol

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    Proof prints!?! I do straight 6x6cm prints as final images. They look great in pd/pt matted floating on 11x14.
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    I too do all mine on cheap 8 x 10 or A4 RC paper at 1/2 grade contrast and with a Paterson contact printer. The low contrast tends to iron out any little exposure variations for the negs. I use them mostly for identification and then file the contact with the negs. I put a cigarette pack over an unused bit of the paper during exposure to leave a white area onto which I can write the film code and any other relevant information. As for exposure, I do a test strip for the first sheet out of the box then use the resulting best setting for the rest, unless there is obviously a reason to do a new test.

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    I contact print all of my 120 and 35mm negs on Ilford Perl RC paper. I tried scanning the negs for proofing but as others have stated it really does not help with printing in the darkroom. Some negs I can look at and know what I wnat to do without the contact but this is rare for me. The contact prints are a big help.
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