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    Negs: single or strip?

    Are there advantages/disadvantages to having your negatives (6x6) in strips of 3-4 as opposed to being cut into individual pieces when using them in an enlarger? Thanks
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    It is a lot easier to handle strips than single frames. Unless you are using sheet film, I can't see a good reason for single frames. Typically one would keep 35mm in groups of 6, 120 in anything from 1 (6x12), 2 (6x9), 3 (6x7,6x6) and 4 (6x4.5). If I have less than a set I include some unexposed film to make the strip as long as possible. The lengths are really dictated by the size of a filing sheet, and the ease of contact printing a single film on something around 8x10" paper.

    A single frame is easier to drop, harder to handle without getting finger prints on the film, and much harder to align in the negative carrier.

    I would not keep roll film in one uncut roll either. That is guaranteed to cause scratches and the roll is hard to control.

    If you already have single frames, that's what you have. But I would consider using strips in the future.


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    I use glass carriers and prefer single negatives, easier to handle and clean, as well organize later in a sleeve with all the other winners.

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    Yes, if you have a 5x7 enlarger you can enlarge 3 negatives at once

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poohblah View Post
    Yes, if you have a 5x7 enlarger you can enlarge 3 negatives at once
    You can have a 10x8 enlarger and enlarge the entire film

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    you could also put a single frame in a slide film holder for easier use; however, this also means a special negative holder
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    Quote Originally Posted by ann View Post
    you could also put a single frame in a slide film holder for easier use; however, this also means a special negative holder
    I actually considered doing that with 35mm (I have the holder), but since 95% of my stuff is now 120, it sorta never happened.
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    I like to keep my life simple. By keeping my 120 negs in strips. There's more work in cutting the negs into individual frames, file and store them. If you have a curly neg, it's easier to put in a carrier for enlargement.

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    Unlike Bob Carnie I find printing negatives cut individually a real pain, the neg carriers for my Dursts and De Vere are far easier to use with strips, and i don't like glass in the carriers, well at least not the top part. But it's what suits you. Neg file availability dictates 4 strips of 3 frames for 6x6.

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    I guess I am the single voice against strips.

    I would never consider printing without glass carrier , dead nut in the center of the bulb, lens blades axis.
    I have even found problems with one glass on top only.

    There are glass holders that can accomodate strips, and if you have big sheet's of glass then you do not need to cut.
    I do not even see how one would print large prints without glass, without neg popping .

    just me I guess.

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