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    dust cabinet for film, I dont have one

    for those of us who cannot afford, not feasible to get one of those cabinets where you dry film dust free, what do people use out there to minimize the possibility of dust settling on wet film while it is drying in the bathroom.
    Any ideas I can put to use. ?

    thanks

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    I keep a small air cleaner running in my dark room, havent had any problems with dust since installation.
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    Dry in a shower with the curtain or door closed.

    Before you put the film in there, wet the shower down lightly to help minimize dust.

    Higher humidity helps too.
    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!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Cover ac ducts with a filter. There are foam filters that can be cut to size.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    Zippered clear vinyl garment wardrobe bags can be hung from rods and hooks anywhere. Cheap, available at home stores, and portable. Some have permeable linen-type bottoms to allow restricted air flow. I still use mine for roll film inside my lab, although I dry sheet film in the open.

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    My darkroom is quite clean so I generally just use a string of nylon line suspended over the sink with clothespins. But I do have a homemade
    drying cabinet too. I used melamine-coated shower enclosure board and matching alum moulding, put a small residential room air cleaner at one
    end, and a permanent-style cone coffee filter at the opposite air intake end. It runs quiet and clean. A short monofilament clothesline is inside.

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    I have an electrostatic air purifier in the darkroom, and a row of clothes pins over the sink. I haven't had a problem with dust getting on the negatives after processing.

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    ROL's recommendation works very well and is dirt cheap.

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    I'll echo the garment bag idea.
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    ...i checked out the vinyl idea and didn't like the idea of potentially sticking, but if it works, go for it. It's the easiest and cheapest way. I built mine out of plywood, drilled some holes for metal rods with normal clothes hangers and put hinges and a hook lock on it. It cost about $50 and did the trick. Then a year later I found someone about 60km away selling a pro-lab for a price I couldn't pass up and it came with a dryer cabinet. He even drove it all to my house without advanced payment. It's worth checking kijiji/craigslist to see what's being given away.

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