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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:11 pm 
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Recently the only photo developing place in my town (wal-mart 1 hour photo) ruined a can of film on me by using the wrong dev solution. Although they did give me a several free cans for my trouble.

I'm going to fight back the only way I can, by developing my own film. I need help. I have never developed any film before, nor have I been in a dark room in my life. I need to know if I'm missing anything in my shopping cart. I also want to use bulk film as I worked it out to be cheaper in the long run. I'm not looking to make prints as an enlarger cost about $300. I just want to develop the film. And have fail-mart make the prints. If the prints get screwed up they can reimburse me and I will still have the negatives.

Dev Tank:
http://www.adorama.com/DKTPU.html

Dev Solution (B&W):
http://www.adorama.com/CHFD.html

Bulk Film (B&W):
http://www.adorama.com/ILD100100.html

Reloadable Film Canisters (10 pack):
http://www.adorama.com/BLCP10.html

Developing Bag:
http://www.adorama.com/BLCBL.html


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:23 am 
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http://www.adorama.com/alc/article/So-y ... l-darkroom

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:54 am 
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shawndw wrote:
Recently the only photo developing place in my town (wal-mart 1 hour photo) ruined a can of film on me by using the wrong dev solution. Although they did give me a several free cans for my trouble.

I'm going to fight back the only way I can, by developing my own film. I need help. I have never developed any film before, nor have I been in a dark room in my life. I need to know if I'm missing anything in my shopping cart. I also want to use bulk film as I worked it out to be cheaper in the long run. I'm not looking to make prints as an enlarger cost about $300. I just want to develop the film. And have fail-mart make the prints. If the prints get screwed up they can reimburse me and I will still have the negatives.

Dev Tank:
http://www.adorama.com/DKTPU.html

Dev Solution (B&W):
http://www.adorama.com/CHFD.html

Bulk Film (B&W):
http://www.adorama.com/ILD100100.html

Reloadable Film Canisters (10 pack):
http://www.adorama.com/BLCP10.html

Developing Bag:
http://www.adorama.com/BLCBL.html


Good on you. Developing film is great fun, cheap and you can get far better results than you'd get in your typical dev lab. You'll want to bookmark the following sites:

http://filmdev.org/

http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.php

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:00 am 
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you need also:
Thermometer- temperature of the developer must be controlled otherwise nasty things may happen to your negative
Fixer solution- after developing, sensitive media, if you don't fix it, is still sensitive to light - in other words if you don't fix it you burn it. So you have to poor out the developer after the precise required time, wash the film in running water for about ten minutes, fill the tank with fixer and after the prescribed fixing time poor the fixer out and wash again for about 20 minutes. All of this WITHOUT OPPENNING THE TANK
I don't know what kind of tank that is, anyway the one I've used had a fitting for a flexible pipe which I connected to the water tap for the washing stage assuring a good wash with running water. Washing is important for the stability of the negative over time.
some measuring glass for liquids- in order to prepare the solution, the dilution has to be precise otherwise developing times are not the ones in the tables-in other words you may burn or under develop the film
some analog timer, a cooking timer will do. Time is also critical like temperature and dilution.
film clips and weights- you have to hang the negative to dry in a relatively dust free room- a string fixed from a wall to another and the film hanging on it to dry(don't do any vacuum cleanning in this time , dust has a tendency to stick on the wet film and you cannot remove it).
Some stained glass container for storing the solutions- it has to be colored (like a red beer bottle) developer degrades if exposed to light.
2 Funnels - best of different colors for poring developer and fixer, not a good idea to have fixer in the developer and viceversa.
Sorry if I wrote thing that you already know
Good luck and have fun

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