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Re: Paper negatives- Ink Selection

I scanned a negative printed on this transparency material, along with a print made from the negative, so you can judge for yourself. The negative looks odd to me because the scanner filled in the clear parts with white instead of leaving them clear, even though I scanned it as film. I guess it's been a while since I've scanned black and white negatives, but I thought it left the clear areas clear. Oh well, the point was that the negative is very thin, but prints a full range of tones, or as full as gum can manage in one coat.


Also, I've thought about it some more, and looked back through my files, and realized that I did print greyscale negatives (all color inks) on this transparency material on my new 1280 for about a year before I switched to colorized negatives. Like Laura, my exposure times with these transparencies are about the same as my exposure times with oiled paper negatives, and my exposure times with greyscale (all color inks) on this transparency film were about the same as my exposure times with colorized negatives on the same material. But my exposure times with Pictorico, when I used Pictorico, were longer than my exposure times with oiled paper negatives.


On Oct 17, 2008, at 1:18 PM, Katharine Thayer wrote:

Hey Laura, forget everything I've said about this transparency film; I have better information now. I just discovered something amazing and embarrassing; I got to looking at the box this stuff came in, and it says right on the box what it is. It's made by Precision Imaging Inc, it's called Transparency Film for inkjet printers #10-401, Clear, and I searched out the manufacturer and called them and found that it's a lot cheaper ordering directly from Precision Imaging than from filmsource ($10.55 for a box of 50 vs $17.50 from filmsource). Here's the website:


Thanks a million; if you hadn't asked, I may never have figured that out.

On Oct 17, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Laura Valentino wrote:

I'll just say, gimme the stuff Katharine gets... :)


Katharine Thayer wrote:

On Oct 15, 2008, at 12:35 PM, Laura Valentino wrote:

Katharine Thayer wrote:
With the cheap

transparency film I use, I won't have any need to go back to paper unless for some reason I can't get that film any more.

Hi Katharine...what type of cheap film? I have the same printer as you. (actually the 1270, which is the Euro model).


Oh dear, I always paint myself into this corner whenever I mention the cheap transparency film that I use.
The problem is that I don't know what it is. It's something I get from filmsource.com, on recommendation of a friend from this list who gave me a few sheets to try. This company buys different manufacturers' films and repackages them under their own label. Unfortunately, they market different films under the same stock name and #, so I can't even tell you the stock name and # with any expectation that you'd get the same film I use. Once they sent me a different film when I ordered the same stock number again; the other film behaved entirely differently. They wouldn't take it back because they said all the film they sell under the same # should behave similarly enough to not make any difference, but there was a big difference as far as making digital negatives with. I did eventually figure out how to make so-so negatives with the other film, since they wouldn't take it back, but since then they have been careful to send me the same film I got the first time, and I'm happy. But.... I have no idea in the world what it is, so if they go out of business or lose my records or something, I won't have any way of finding that film again, which rather terrifies me. Sorry, I'm afraid that's not very helpful, but it's all I know.