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2.25 x 3.25 Film
Old 07-08-2018   #1
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2.25 x 3.25 Film

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Recently got a Mamiya Universal Press with two 6x9 Roll Film back and 5 Cassettes for 2.25 x 3.25 Cut Film. I was delighted to find out that FreeStyle and B&H still carry 2.25x3.25 size film (Arista and Illford HP5). I shot my first couple of cassettes yesterday and plan to develop and scan when I get home today. I wanted to ask I anyone has experience cutting 4x5 or even 120 film down to 2.25x3.25? The reason I ask is that I would love to try color film at this size. I've seen that Hasselblad makes a film cutter adapter but I think it's for a larger size(2.5x3.5 according to some). Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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I have the Hasselblad Scissors and they are for cutting 6x9cm down to 6x6cm. So that won't help you much.

2.25x3.25 color might be hard to source; B&W is no problem. Maybe consider outdated on Ebay?

4x5 can be cut down but it is very tricky to do, I myself have not had much success doing that.

But I've read it is doable.
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How about cutting 120 color film to 2 1/4 by 3 1/4? Cut 3 1/4 in length off the 120 roll and then trim 3 mm off an edge. Should be easier than cutting 4x5 sheet film.

Something my father told me made me think of it. The GIs would cut roll ends of 5in wide aero film to use in a Speed Graphic. After cutting the film they would cut a corner so they could identify the emulsion side of the sheet.

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May I ask why you want to cut down super expensive 4x5 color sheet film to 2.25x3.25 and risk scratching and contaminating it with dust in the process in the first place?

What do you gain compared to shooting color roll film in a roll film back?

Then you have to process the tiny sheets. Do you have the necessary equipment to process color sheet film of that size? Or do you know a lab that offers that service (I don't)?

Shooting 6.5x9 cm cut film in b&w at least make some sense (I do it from time to time), as it allows you to develop sheets individually adapted to the requirements of the scene. Color (E6/C41) is a standardized process. Individual development doesn't make sense. So, I don't see any benefit in shooting color sheet film in that format, only disadvantages.
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