Can I reuse misloaded 4x5 Velvia : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I mistakenly loaded Velvia 4x5 with the emulsion side facing inward. Didn't realize it 'till unloading in the changing bag. I saved the film. My question is: Is this film still considered "exposed"? Can light penetrate through the non-emulsion side, faintly ruining the film? Average exposure was around 4 sec at 32 in late afternoon light. Can I reuse it? Only happened to my last six sheets. LF and champagne do not mix. Thanks

-- Ted Davis (, May 31, 2000


I really doubt that you can salvage it. Since its only 6 sheets, why bother? It's $10 worth of film that would cost another $10 to develop, just to find out it is no good. Just drown your miseries in some more bubbly.

When I started LF I did the same thing with B&W film. It actually developed an image and it took me a while to figure out why it was so thin.

-- Wayne (, May 31, 2000.

Yes, it's exposed. No, you can't re-use it. Throw it away. Or better still use it to practise loading those slides. :^)

-- Pete Andrews (, May 31, 2000.

Ted, You've probably got the loading thing figured out by now (we all have made this mistake before and have had to learn the hard way!), but if you load the holders exactly the same way every time, keeping the code notches of the film in exactly the same orientation (upper right or lower left, as you prefer), you'll avoid making the same mistake in the future.

Regards, ;^D)

-- Doremus Scudder (, May 31, 2000.

Hi Ted, I say develop them. I did a portrait Monday, and in the process, a yellow postit removed itself from my dark slide when I pulled the dark slide to make the exposure, and then when I replaced the dark slide, it removed the postit from the film and displaced it into the camera. So when I looked at the ground glass for the next shot, I saw a square yellow piece of paper and the words Arista 400. Anyway, it developed a faint image which made it through the postit paper. Cheers, David

-- david clark (, May 31, 2000.

Develop at least a couple of sheets. Years ago I did the same thing with transparency film but shot also on medium format so I had a standard of comparison. Took me awhile to figure out why the large format look was so different. Turns out the anti-halation backing acted as a filter which warmed the scene up considerably. False color or not, I ended up using one of the 4 x 5 brackets for a publication cover. Just for the spirit of inquiry, I'd urge you to see what you've got.

-- Steve Singleton (, May 31, 2000.

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