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Re: Attaching film in holders

Whether it's tape or adhesive that you use, make sure the film is peeled off very slowly. Otherwise electrical sparks could leave marks.

Same film bowing problem occurs when photographing in highly humid places like waterfalls. Makes you wish they still made glass plates. Has anyone ever made a vacuum-ready filmholder?

Sam Wang

On Apr 16, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Jack Brubaker wrote:

You could also use double stick tape. Leave a corner unstuck by
putting a scrap of paper folded over the corner to provide a handle
for removal. The tack of the tape can be reduced by sticking it first
to a piece of paper and pulling it off.


On 4/16/08, Michael Healy <emjayhealy@earthlink.net> wrote:
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