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

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    And one's circumstances help determine what methods works best. At the university we have a heated drying cabinet (w/fan). If the cabinet is already warm and the heat set too high (students are always in a hurry), excess photo-flo on the negs might start to dry before having a chance to run off. It is a long way down a roll of 36 exposures!

    I keep the heat turned down...I even removed the dial so the students don't turn it on "Shake and Bake". I usually keep the heat and fan off when I hang negatives in there (usually late at night and I pick them up first thing in the morning...I'm not risking my negs in the hands of the students!)

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    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I never squeegee my films with anything. I just hang them to dry in a cabinet and they're fine. I did use a squeegee on the first few films I ever developed but soon regretted it.
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    why would you wash the film in water to remove all residu thingies, and afterwards put grease from your fingers onto the film????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Jan View Post
    why would you wash the film in water to remove all residu thingies, and afterwards put grease from your fingers onto the film????
    One's fingers do not produce any oil or grease -- there are no such glands on one's fingers. Any oil on one's fingers is from touching one's face, especially around the nose.

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    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    One's fingers do not produce any oil or grease -- there are no such glands on one's fingers. Any oil on one's fingers is from touching one's face, especially around the nose.

    Vaughn
    first you are going to eat chicken, and afterwards develop your film.
    I always wash my hands with soap before developing, but is everybody doing that???:o

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    When I first started all this black and white stuff, my school had us each buy a big box of green photo-wipes on the supply list. I used these for several years before they ran out. I never replaced them and now I just hang dry. I haven't had a problem either way.

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    I used my fingers a couple of times to squeegee film under the advice of my photography instructor. I didn't notice any increased number of scratches, but the water spots were terrible even with Photo-Flo.

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    If your water spots were due to the water content, then Photo-Flo wouldn't help anyway. Photo-Flo and the like are aids to even drying, they don't take away any salts and the like which may be dissolved in the water. My water supply is pretty heavy with dissolved stuff like chalk, and that's why I use distilled or soft water for final rinses. I do occasionally use a wetting agent (the Ilford one), but it doesn't seem to make much difference one way or another, the real difference is in the purity of the final rinse water.
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    squeegeeing film is just asking for scratches. no way.

    use a little detergent (photo-flo) and the water rolls off the film without leaving spots. if you're having trouble with the water try filtering it first using a brita filter or something, or use distilled water.

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    I'm new to B&W developing, but don't have a squeegee as I have heard the warnings.

    I live in UK with hard water so drying marks are a problem. I've tried using fingers but that makes things worse. I've started using a supply of distilled water from a dehumidifier after using wetting agent and this helps but is not perfect so I just clean the negs up when they're dry with a damp cotton bud & chamois.

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