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    Cutting negatives into strips.

    I always cut into the frames. What's the best way to do it?

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    I just go with very sharp, very thin scissors. That way, I can see what I'm doing.

    You can also use an x-acto and ruler on a cutting mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastw View Post
    I always cut into the frames. What's the best way to do it?
    I've found this cutter to be really useful - even with slides: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Film-Cutter-D...item3374feacee
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Will try.

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    Place your negs over a sheet of white paper, make sure there's good light, use a sharp pair of scissors and go slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    Place your negs over a sheet of white paper, make sure there's good light, use a sharp pair of scissors and go slow.
    +1

    Strong light, cotton gloves, white background, sharp thin scissors, patience .

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    Thanks all.

    Those two gadgets look good.

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    I use the dr.t film cutter as well. When I asked the same question (for the same reason) I got the "use scissors and patience" response as well. Labs use a cutter, why shouldn't I. Less errors, especially with frames that are close together on curly film.
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    Look for Fiskars shears (with mightily sharp needle points) and do the cut over a bright lightbox. Steady, confident hands will do it. Of course less of a margin for stuff ups when cutting 35mm than 120.

    Fiskars can be bought from hobby shops that have stuff for sewing. I have had mine for more than 15 years.

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    Lab operators are not necessarily deadly accurate, as witnesseth a lab chopping through the last frame of a roll of 120 film! I had plenty to say (none of it repeatable here). I've never cut through or ruined any of my own trannies. Just my fingers...


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