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    Dry air causing film curl - will film drier help?

    With the dry air here in Colorado, film curl is a menace. I know a guy with a Kindermann rapid film dryer for sale. Would this help with film curl or make it worse? Would I be better off just using a humidifier?
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    Are you drying with your film hanging with a weight in the end. That will help.
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    Yes, I am. It curls along the length of the film like long trough and a weight won't stop that. I don't have an operational darkroom yet so I am still scanninng. Newton rings are a big problem. A guy who used to run a lab around here said he used to always have a humidifier going and when people would bring film in for enlarging, it would sometimes take a couple days to get the film to relax and flatten out.
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    Also - what kind of film? Some curls more than others. HIE was dreadful. I always cut the curly stuff, put it in film sleeves, and flattened in my neg binder before using.

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    Dry the film in the bathroom after you have the bathroom steamed up from a shower. That will help reduce the curl.
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    Sly - Usually TMax 100 or 400.
    Sirius - This bathroom is rarely used for showering, but we do have an extra humidifier to simulate it.
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    A film dryer will make it worse and faster too. As others said, you need humidity to lessen the curl. 40-50% is ideal for drying film. The dryer it is, the more the curl.
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    FB paper too

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob-D659 View Post
    A film dryer will make it worse and faster too. As others said, you need humidity to lessen the curl. 40-50% is ideal for drying film. The dryer it is, the more the curl.
    In the summer time, I have super curly FB prints. Slow drying makes FB prints flatter.
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    I have a copy of Eliott Erwitt's book, Personal Best. It must weigh about 20 pounds. After my negs are dry I sleeve them and press them under the book for a day or two. Works every time... but unfortunately, being under Eliott's book for a couple days hasn't improved my images!

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    I have the same issue. Nothing seems to help. For me, it takes months of storage for film to flatten out.... Tmax, Tri-X, Plus-X, everything curls. Strangely enough, Delta3200 does not curl....
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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