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View Poll Results: Do you use a Sqeegee on your negs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    I tried a squeegee once-- it scratched the crap outta my negs!! I've never used one since, except on prints. Photo-flo and distilled water is sufficient, and never use anything INCLUDING fingers to wipe water from negs-PERIOD.
    Rick
    You had crap on your negs?



    Seriously, that was my very first experience in photo 101 in High School. The teacher nearly beat us over the head that we needed to squeegee all negs, period, end of story. I had prior dark room experience in Junior High in the print shop and I recalled my teacher then talking about squeegee's causing scratches on negs, no matter how delicately you tried to use them. So after my first roll in High School with what looked like high power lines running straight through most of them (gee, I don't remember high power lines on that still life photo, or that girl's face... hmmmmmmm) I decided to just leave the squeegee part out completely. But I didn't tell the teacher. My next set of negs came out perfect! I think the teacher made us use the squeegee so he could provide instruction for touching up final prints. Interestingly enough my prints didn't need touching up so much after that first roll. It was my secret.

    20 years later I'm back at photography again. Got water spots on first few rolls. Asked around... and Jason Brunner gave me a little secret that only he and I know (shhhhhhh!) Now I stick to Photoflo and fingers which have been moistened up for a few minutes and quickly tap dried on my shirt so as to remove the possibility of any callous from also causing problems.
    I love the wilderness and I love my trail cameras, all Fuji's! :) GA645, GW690 III, and the X100 which I think is the best trail camera ever invented (to date).

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    I squeegee negatives but not for water spots. At a dark room workshop, it was suggested that negatives that were squeegeed had fewer defects (clumps of grain?) and produced prints requiring less spotting. I use a double wiper squeegee made for that purpose and never scratch negatives (mostly 120). I dip it in photo flo prior to swiping the film.

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    Is photoflow something you can get in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajuk View Post
    Is photoflow something you can get in the UK?
    You'll get it here :
    http://www.ag-photographic.co.uk/

    Just type 'Photo-Flo' (note the spelling) in the search box.

    Jessops seem to be walking away from traditional photographers, but there are still people like the site above who cater for silver halide photography.
    Alex

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    HELL no!
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    HELL no!
    Hell no what?

    No squeegee?

    Steve
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    oh, yeah! "hell no" here, too!

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    I see Nova sell it I'll get it the next time I am in Warwick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Sattler View Post
    I squeegee negatives ... I use a double wiper squeegee
    made for that purpose and never scratch negatives
    (mostly 120). I dip it in photo flo prior to
    swiping the film.
    Likely the squeegee you refer to is the eight blade I've
    mentioned now then this forum. I've always squeegeed.
    For Years I used the Yankee sponge squeegee. The eight
    blade though is an nice improvement. Needless to say
    and with many rolls squeegeed I've not seen any
    scratches.

    Film is first soaked in half strength Photo-Flo then hung.
    The squeegee is then rinsed in the Photo-Flo and while
    dripping wet drawn slowly down the length of the
    film. Very soon the film is dry.

    I wager not one person contributing to this thread who
    looks down on squeegeeing has ever used the eight
    blade squeegee. A whole lot of knocking before
    trying. The eight blade is well engineered. It
    is not cheap. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    I wager not one person contributing to this thread who
    looks down on squeegeeing has ever used the eight
    blade squeegee. A whole lot of knocking before
    trying. The eight blade is well engineered. It
    is not cheap. Dan
    Give me a good reason for using a squeegee when I don't use one now and end up with zero problems?
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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