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Attaching film in holders

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  • From: Michael Healy <emjayhealy@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:05:11 -0700
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I'm going to work with my hand-crafted 7x17 camera again after a hiatus of a couple of 
years. My holders are not so good to begin with, but I've had a real problem in the past 
with my film. I shoot with Kodak CGP film, which is exceedingly thin. In the AZ heat, and 
especially if the camera is tilted forward in the least, the film kind of leans forward. Then 
the holder snags on it and everything goes south from there.

It's occurred to me that I might tack it lightly to the back of the holder just to keep it in 
place during the shoot. I'm thinking of using something like 3M Super 77 or some  
equivalent. I currently use this in silksreen printing, applying a light spray to the table 
before laying down a sheet of paper. It anchors the paper so it won't stick to the screen 
after I pull it. Works well in that application, but paper is thick and tough. The lightest 
possible application lasts long enough to hold several sheets of paper one after another, 
and each one peels readily away from the table after printing.

Sooo, I'm thinking maybe I could do this when loading this film into the holder. Has 
anyone done this, or have thoughts on this or other spray adhesives? I'll have to try it in 
any case, with scrap film, just to see whether it does let go of a lighter, thinner material 
than 250 wt Stonehenge on a table.


Mike Helay