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MOD54 first experience
Old 02-05-2012   #1
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MOD54 first experience

I'm just getting into LF, making tentative steps first with my Harman Titan pinhole camera. I've used the taco method in past to develop 5x4 negatives (loosely folding them over and securing them with hairbands and placing them in a Paterson tank).

Since then I ordered a MOD54 insert (http://www.mod54.com) as I thought it looked like a good idea. It arrived this week and I was out in the snow with the Titan this morning taking a number of shots and returned with an opportunity to use the holder for the first time.

I have a Calument pop-up changing tent so placed everything inside (three double darkslides, the large Paterson tank with column insert and funnel lid) and stuck my hands in to get loading.

It was definitely trickier than I was expecting, but then I'm just getting used to feeling my way around darkslides in the dark, and I did find it difficult to be sure whether the films were loaded properly. I did get all six negatives out of the darkslides and onto the MOD54 then into the tank.

In development I was careful with the agitation, certainly not as strongly inverting the tank as I'm used to with 35mm or 120.

The key test was after processing, when I opened the lid. One neg had detached itself and remained in the tank when I pulled the MOD54 out. The others were more or less neatly in situ. On inspection, two of the negs had clearly been improperly positioned and there's an undeveloped corner on one. Another has a bit of emulsion missing, which must have been down to mishandling during loading.

So, overall, given that I'm a newbie when it comes to this sort of thing, I'd say I'm very impressed with the MOD54. It enables me to use my existing tanks for a new format, it will take some experience to learn to load properly (as has 35mm and 120), and it holds up to the processing well.
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Old 02-05-2012   #2
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Morgan has a new haircut and couple of new videos going over the process here.

You do have to "think with your fingers" a bit in the bag. I turn mine somewhere between his gentle and rough demonstration. I also use the Paterson reel twizzler sometimes.

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Do you think that this would fit in a ss tank?
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Do you think that this would fit in a ss tank?
It's designed for the large (3x35mm or 2x120) Paterson tank and uses the internal column light-trap, so I wouldn't expect it would work with another. Maybe best to check directly with the maker, Morgan, at www.mod54.com, to be certain.
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Ive sent him an email. Just waiting for him to get back. Could you measure the width and high of the holder? And also the width and hight of the tank that it uses?
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The chances of the sheets jumping out of their slots are rather high. Too often I find the sheets stuck together no matter how gentle I do the inversions. Also the tank requires a liter of developer whereas the Jobo 2501 needs 300ml also for 6 sheets. I solve the sheet jumping problem by loading only 4 sheets with the middle slots empty. I find the sheets in the inner slots tend to jump onto the middle ones. Also to further minimize inversion and to save costs I only do Rodinal stand development with the MOD. So far so good.
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The chances of the sheets jumping out of their slots are rather high. Too often I find the sheets stuck together no matter how gentle I do the inversions. Also the tank requires a liter of developer whereas the Jobo 2501 needs 300ml also for 6 sheets. I solve the sheet jumping problem by loading only 4 sheets with the middle slots empty. I find the sheets in the inner slots tend to jump onto the middle ones. Also to further minimize inversion and to save costs I only do Rodinal stand development with the MOD. So far so good.

can you measure the size of the mod54. width and height?
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By my tape measure it's 133mm high and 97mm wide. The Paterson tank is 210mm tall and 100mm diameter at the base and 138mm at the top.
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darn, my nikor tank is 85mm wide. I wonder if you could shave off some of the plastic.
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You could probably fit it in a Nikor Q50, the tank for two oversize 220 reels.
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