[Darkroom] home darkroom ingredients?

Asheem Linaval xormic at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 20:55:59 PDT 2012


Steel reels will not fit properly on that core piece of the plastic tank.
I personally use this
tank<http://www.freestylephoto.biz/91216-Arista-Stainless-Steel-Tank-16-oz.-with-PVC-Top>,
and feel that it is completely adequate. It also seems to be cheaper. I do
agitation by inverting the tank a couple times.
.atl

On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM, Troy Holden <troyholden at gmail.com> wrote:

> One more question...
>
> Can I use metal reels in a plastic tumbler? Will the below combo work?
>
>    - Plastic tumbler:
>    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/5041-Arista-Premium-Double-Reel-Developing-Tank-with-two-reels
>
>    - 2 Reels:
>    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/9136-Arista-Stainless-Steel-Reel-35mm-x-36-exp
>    .
>
> Or do you suggest going ALL metal?
>
>    - Metal tumbler:
>    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/9116-Arista-Stainless-Steel-Tank-16-oz.-With-SS-Top
>    - 2 reels
>    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/9136-Arista-Stainless-Steel-Reel-35mm-x-36-exp
>    .
>    - Do I need a center column &
>    <http://www.freestylephoto.biz/140052-Paterson-Replacement-Agitator-for-single-and-double-reel-tanks-2-pack>agitator
>    for this setup?
>    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/142008-Paterson-Replacement-Center-Column-and-Agitator-for-Single-Reel-Tank
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM, Troy Holden <troyholden at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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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