Actually I've heard that's the second thing to go.
This being an analog forum and all, is it permissible to discuss the digital solution I came up with? :) Sorta, that is?
I started carrying with me my little digital voice recorder (used at my real job) to make verbal notes about exposures, etc. Then I found I hadn't figured out a foolproof way to distinguish which film sheet came from which numbered holder, and therefore which film (processed in a Jobo, so all mixed up and out of order) corresponded with which verbal note. Then of course I had to listen to the notes and try to find THE note in question, or transcribe them in all a sitting. Not that there were that many (despite the logorrrhea that is my affliction both here on APUG as well as in real life); but it was rather a PITA. Plus, fishing the voice recorder out of the dank recesses of my photo-vest- or overcoat pockets, or leaving it out and handy but not lost (like the Sekonic 358 and monopod I walked off and left once), proved to be beyond my limited mental means.
Naturally, I reached for a gear-intensive solution: one of those voice-activated microphones I could attach to my lapel (photo vest neck, that is) and speak into like some silver-halide secret agent. Can't recall if it was unavailable for my particular voice recorder, or merely ruinously expensive. Either way, the whole scheme got deep-sixed.
My LF activities are currently on hold pending the arrival of a Chamonix from the Middle Kingdom, so my chief MF record-keeping task is getting the date and location correct for frames on rolls which span several days of shooting around life's less pleasant activities--like that real job, for instance! For this, I record the basic info, plus shooting dates, on the little film-box top in the memo holder on the back of some of my MF gear. But since I buy film in pro-packs, I often don't have boxes! So I used some rewriteable labels originally designed for floppy disks that allow you to write with a Sharpie, and erase with their special eraser. Put one on every film back or camera-body back. Great--but where in the name of all that is holy DID I PUT THE #($*%@!! eraser?
A notebook and pencil are looking better all the time. Gotta drag out my old Picker notebook.
BTW, perhaps for another thread---how do you all notch or groove or otherwise modify your film holders so that a holder number will appear in the film rebate, assigning each film a discernible holder number?
Yes. Small, not 8 1/2 x 11"
Don't remember where I got the idea, but I'm sure it wasn't original. That's not to say I'm not brilliant!
Richard Ritter uses a similar system to mark his film holders. I've adopted it for my own use. With ULF holders, you need to be able to determine which ones might have light leaks.
I have the 4.5"x7" Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebooks.
I record every negative taken (easy when one only takes 4 to 6 different images in a day).
On the left side is recorded date location, film, lens, exposure settings, a drawing of the scene, film holder number in a somewhat standard matter.
On the right side are my meter reading, any notes, and what I how I developed the negs. All this info gets transferred to the negatives' film sleeve (paper 4-fold envelopes).
The notebooks also act as a diary of where I have been...but have not much as far as extra infomation (weather, thoughts, plans, etc).
PS...some of my holders (bought used) came with very small holes drilled in the flap that holds the film in - instead of the notches that johnnywalker uses.