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    DUSTLESS LF NEGATIVES

    What tricks do you guys and gals use to mininize or eliminate dust when loading your large format film holders? I occasionaly vacuum the holders and wipe them inside with tack cloths, but I invariably get dust in the most conspicuous areas - usually in a blank sky. Any other tricks out there I haven't heard of?
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    Wipe with an anti-static cloth, not a tack cloth. Also, make sure the room is as dust free as you can make it, high humidity, air filter, etc.

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    I regularly brush out the holders with an anti-static brush and vacuum clean the inside of my bellows every now and then too.

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    I like the 4" Kinetronics brush and Dust-Off.
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    After cleaning and loading the holders, they are stored in individual ziplock baggies. Don't forget to clean out the inside of your camera on a regular basis - If you are clean in your procedure, and still having problems, it can be a source of dust that is overlooked.

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    Kinetronics used to make an antistatic airgun called the Static Blaster which was used in industrial clean rooms. Some guy had about 50 of them for sale on eBay and I bought 2 of them for $30 US each, they were several hundred $$ new. It hooks up to my little compressor and does a magnificent job. I spray out the holders right before I load them and then put the loaded holders in antistatic bags which I also got cheap on eBay. The Blaster also makes framing a snap, I Windex the glass, blow off the glass with the Static Blaster and assemble. No dust!!

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    I use Fuji Quickloads or Kodak Readyloads. Over 20 years now and thousands of sheets - no dust. It costs more, but I shoot a lot in deserts and it's worth it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Keyes View Post
    I use Fuji Quickloads or Kodak Readyloads. Over 20 years now and thousands of sheets - no dust. It costs more, but I shoot a lot in deserts and it's worth it to me.
    But no Tri x or Tmax 400 ..EC

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    No Ilford either

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    Thanks for your input all - I'm shooting 8x10, so readyloads aren't an option. Just replaced the bellows on the camera, so that should help as well.
    Tim

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