Thanks also to the precious help derived from the participant to this forum, I have developed yesterday my second roll of slides and it seems to me that results are good (I have to scan it yet, but I am generally speaking optimist).
I dry my films with a Jobo Mistral 2, this stuff:
I bought mine second-hand on eBay and could not find anywhere a user manual, not even on the Jobo web site. So the first question is: does anybody have a user manual for this?
I understand that slides are optimally dried at "high" temperatures for longevity and the higher temperature of the Jobo, 45°C, should be provided for this.
My other questions (and the reason why I was looking for a manual) is: is there a way I can be sure the film is perfectly dried? (Just touching the edge and "feeling" it is dry would not mean a lot because the gelatin might have some residual humidity left)? Is there a way I could damage the film if I leave it for too long under warm air? (45° is pretty warm).
Yesterday I left it for around 30' at 45°, and then for probably two hours with the fan on, at room temperature.
I see that the film remained slightly curved, with the opaque (emulsion) side concave, and the glossy side convex. Not very curved but nonetheless I would prefer, for better scanning, a very flat film. Can drying technique (time, temperature) have an effect on how flat a film dries?
The film is Fuji Astia 100. Maybe other films have a different behaviour?