How much of a 120 neg is cropped in printing?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Anonymous, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I have some 120 negs with the main subject very close to the edges of the frame.
    How much of the neg is typically lost in printing? For example, would something 1/8 of
    an inch from the edge of the neg show up in an 8x10 print?
    Anonymous, Mar 24, 2008
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  2. Anonymous

    Peter Guest

    If you print it yourself you might have whatever possibility you
    want. Professional labs exist that will print the entire negative.

    If you do it yourself, using an enlarger that can enlarge bigger
    negatives, you can perhaps put the negative in a glass carrier and
    select what you want (e.g., by moving the print easel and adjusting
    the magnification). A professional lab would normally have a 4x5
    enlarger and be able to mask so that the full frame is printed.

    If you are printing 120 to 8x10, you will also have to consider that
    the negative will only come close to matching the proportions of 8x10
    if it is 6x7 (or possibly 6x4.5), and even then there are some
    differences in film holders that might mean it is not a perfect match;
    the consequence is that if you want to print the entire frame the
    useable image will be slightly less than 8x10.

    If you will scan and print from the scan, you should be able to
    provide a scan of the whole negative and make whatever size print you

    In principle, nothing must be lost; what you will receive may depend
    on the details of the equipment that will be used.
    Peter, Mar 24, 2008
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