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Developing

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I’ve done some eBay playing again recently. And not only did I get €70 for my old digital camera with the broken display (which still takes photos just fine, I also finally got myself a new development tank. Partially because the old tank I got, a Jobo 4321, seems to be mainly intended for rotation machine development and thus its lid could be a bit easier to handle, but mainly because I wanted a larger tank to allow me processing two films in one go and also enabling me to develop medium format film.

I only got the old box camera for the latter at this stage, but I have been tempted to get myself a real medium format camera. Even if it’s just one of the Chinese Seagulls which can be had rather cheaply.

And thus I bought another used development tank on eBay, a Jobo 1520, which arrived fairly quickly this weekend and let me do some developing tonight. The tank seems to work fairly well, although the new size meant I had to re-do some computations for the amounts and dilutions of some liquids. I also had to set up some new developer, my love for ATM 49 still running high. It’s a great fine grain developer but I was disappointed by its labelling. Do you really need to label the packages 1 and 2 and then write instructions for packages A and B?

Packaging and instructions of ATM 49 developer

I also had to dilute some fresh fixer, which for some reason is supposed to be mixed at 30°C but used between 20°C an 25°C. It takes a while for liquids to change their temperatures. And for the first time in weeks I could find an advantage of distinctly autumnly outside temperaturs.

But now that I’ve got all that sorted, I’m fairly happy with the situation. Two more ISO 25 films developed, and drying in the bathroom. I’m keen to actually see their photos.

October 29, 2007, 0:05

Tagged as bw, ebay.

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