[Darkroom] home darkroom ingredients?

Troy Holden troyholden at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 19:13:37 PDT 2012


Thanks, all. Good points re: the metal reels.

I've thought of rolling my own Arista 400 bw but am tackling the home
darkroom setup first.

On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM, Jasmine Strong
<modulararithmetic at gmail.com>wrote:

> The plastic ones are *much* better for C41, since nickel (the major
> ingredient in stainless steel) catalyzes the breakdown of CD-4, the active
> ingredient in C41 developer.
>
> -J.
>
> On 2 Jul 2012, at 16:34, Asheem Linaval wrote:
>
> Looks pretty good.
>
> I second notion re: steel reels. Plastic reels also have the caveat of
> needing to be super dry to let the film slide freely as you load it.
>
> If you're going to be going through much film, it's worth it to buy film
> in 100 foot spools and use a bulk film loader and reloadable cartridges to
> wind your own. I've heard good things about plastic reloadable cartridges
> with screw-tops; I think they might hold up a bit better than standard ones
> with snap-ends.
>
> .atl
>
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Tristan Crane <tristancrane at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Only thing I would change is to use metal reels, not plastic. They hold
>> up better and allow you to feel your film as you spool on so there's fewer
>> changes of film touching.
>>
>> -Tristan
>>
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