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I want to begin doing C-41 developing of my own 120 film (Kodak Portra 160NC or VC) at home. I do NOT want to print the negatives, but will scan them and do the rest digitally.
What equipment (Light-tight changing bags, developer tanks, film spools, etc.) do you all recommend for someone without a lightproof bathroom, no room for large developer tanks and a limited budget? I looked at the Paterson Super Tank System 4, but am unsure if this will give me everything I need. And I'll add that I've never done any of this outside a regular darkroom at a school, so am a COMPLETE newbie!
I appreciate any solid advice you all can give me, so HELLLLLP! 8o)
You'll need a changing bag, tank with spools (there are basically 3 types, choose carefully. Plastic Jobo or Patterson are the most popular.) Also a thermometer, some bottles, a tub you can use fo temperature control, preferably insulated and ideally heated. A place to hang the negatives - a shower with a door works, a way to hang them so they don't touch anything (I stretch a hanger wire, and stainless clips made for film.)
You will need running water that you can control the approximate temperature, adequate drainage, a large bottle to collect the chemical waste and finally a place that you can examine, cut and sleeve the negatives.
Then you will need the chemicals. Here (http://www.freestylephoto.biz/10123-Unicolor-Powder-C-41-Film-Negative-Processing-Kit-1-Liter?cat_id=1001) is an economical kit.
Changing bag or tent
Bottle opener for the 35mm cartridge
Developing tank and reels
Timer or watch
3-4 plastic pitchers for holding ready to pour chemicals
Plastic bottles to hold mixed chemicals
Clips to hang film for drying
Graduated cylinder for measuring concentrates prior to mixing
Distilled water for a final rinse
Large pitcher for mixing powdered chemicals (b&w)
Dry dust free area to hang film
Chemical stirring stick
Not just what you need, but also how to do it: http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20how%20process%2035-120.html
Another guide is here: http://chromogenic.net/develop
Thanks to all, including the wonderful resources! I got a Mamiya RZ67 in absolutely new condition and am ordering an RF 35mm film camera as well this week, so will look forward to re-joining the film family here after a long absence.
I'll keep some of my digital equipment, but that Mamiya will keep me busy for a loooong time to come! *o)
Since you live in Atlanta, be prepared to have ice cubes as well, to cool the water down.
I use the liquid kit and the included hand-tank directions.
I have a 2-roll Jobo tank. I develop four rolls back-to-back. I mix 500ml each (developer, BLIX, and stabilizer), develop 2 rolls, save the solutions, reload the tank and develop the next 2 rolls.
I could probably do another 2 rolls (or more) in the same solutions if I adjusted the times per the directions. But since it's my hobby, not my profession, it can take me 3-4 weeks to shoot four rolls of film so this developing plan makes sense for me.
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