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    I can't get rid of the dust

    I am damn tired of this dust problem. No matter what i do I cannot control it, I cannot get it all out or keep it out of my film holders. I have followed the advice of many people. I wipe, blow, vacuum, zip-lock, even sacrifice a white and black chicken. What the hell am I doing wrong? What films come in quick or ready loads?

    Scratches are another problem. I have narrowed those down to my tubes and the dust. It is obvious which are which. I am going back to tray processing or finding a Unidrum.. Does any one use a home made slosher, and are they easy to make.
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    Do as I do....I do not obssess over dust and thus get none! I use tubes with a three-piece design, fiberglass mesh screen under the film, etc.. No scratch, no dust spots.
    Francesco

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    Here's some directions for a slosher.

    http://philbard.com/panel.html

    There's a company that also makes them. Someone here shold know the name.

    Readyloads come in TMAX 100, E100vs, E100G, E100GX, and some tungsten and print films that I've never used.
    Quickloads come in Velvia (50 and 100F), Provia, Astia, and Acros. These are what I've used. Perhaps there are others too.

    I'm curious about your dust problem. I've used regular holders for backpacking and never had serious dust problems. This includes trips to Deserts, Mountains, and everything in between.

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    I got one of those Zone VI electro-static brush thingies and it works great.
    I have stockpiled enough film holders to last for a long photo trip so hopefully I won't have to re-load in the field. Oh, and the chicken won't work - has to be a pig. Sorry.

    -Mike

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    This is going to sound pretty silly but, I remove most of my clothing before going in to the darkroom to load holders. I swear by my voodoo trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mateo
    This is going to sound pretty silly but, I remove most of my clothing before going in to the darkroom to load holders. I swear by my voodoo trick.
    lol, should nude film loading be banned?

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    SO I am vacuuming the house and I am in AZ and I start the sucker up and of course a dust cloud erupts and I watch the most amazing thing happen the dust cloud was sucked right back onto the cleaner and I get the static shock of my life. My static brush does not seem to work. DO those static cloths work? I think Ilford makes them.

    As for personal film loading habits I just stick my arms in the tent. Right about the time the phone rings, the baby hurts himself, or the wife needs something real bad. I suppose I could just strip on down but that would look really silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    I am damn tired of this dust problem. No matter what i do I cannot control it, I cannot get it all out or keep it out of my film holders. I have followed the advice of many people. I wipe, blow, vacuum, zip-lock, even sacrifice a white and black chicken. What the hell am I doing wrong? What films come in quick or ready loads?
    You seem to have done pretty much all you can, except for one thing: have you cleaned the felt light traps on the holders? While they keep out light, the also tend to capture dust. If you have access to an air compressor, try and blow out the traps. If you don't have a compressor, post-it notes will also work. Pass a note through the trap- the sticky part of the post-it notes will grab the dust. Just be careful that the note isn't too sticky, or you can pull out the felt - and yes, I speak from experience

    Good luck!
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    -klm.

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    Ah I see your mistake. Should have been a black and white chiken, not white and black LOL. I have found that first vacuuming out the holders and then vacuuming out my changing tent does the trick. I load all my film in my changing tent. Might be a little more ackward, but so is spotting, which I hate. Much smaller area to keep clean too. And you can do all of this with your cloths on. But only if you want to.
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    I find I always get thirsty as soon as I have my arms in the tent, so I bought one of these...








































    that was a joke
    hi!

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