I'm a beginner that's getting back into film photography after many years. I just received scans of my negatives and noticed some of them have streaking while others do not. I feel like this may have happened when the film was developed but I'm unsure. Perhaps it's the camera, the film or something I did? The film is Kodak Tri-x 400.

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    Did you develop the negatives yourself? If so, did you use any wetting agent, squeegee the negatives, how did you dry them etc. And are all the streaks in the same orientation? – MikeW Jun 22 '15 at 20:35
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    Look at the actual film. Are these artifacts on the negatives too, or just in the scans? – Olin Lathrop Jun 22 '15 at 21:13
  • Thank you for the responses! I sent the film to a Los Angeles photo lab to be developed and scanned. Some photos have the streaks and some do not. The streaks appear uniform. Based on the feedback, I'd guess it's the scanner as well. I'll be getting the negatives and a contact sheet in the mail soon so I'll definitely look closely at those. Thank you!!! – Roger Rodgetie Jun 23 '15 at 1:35
  • possible duplicate of Why do my scanned images have lines across them? – Please Read Profile Jun 23 '15 at 2:44
  • @thomasrutter you can if it is an A4 scanner with a negative scanning attachment (ie lightbox). Epson V370. HP Scanjet G3110. He didn't specify the type of scanner either. – laurencemadill Jun 23 '15 at 8:41

Because the streaks are all in a perfect vertical orientation my bet is that the scanner is to blame. While it's possible for streaks to happen while processing the negatives I feel that's pretty unlikely to result in the same thing. And it won't be the camera.

Possibly the scanner was not properly cleaned or maintained.

The only way to be sure is to scan some of the same negatives with someone else, using a different scanner. If the streaks are no longer there you can confirm that it was a scanning issue.


I am getting the same problem. I bought a 100' roll at Henry's last Winter when it was half price. I wonder if they know something we don't. Tried Ilford HP5, Fomapan 400 no problem. Went back to tri-x and the streaks are back. Definitely the film is problematic

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