i’ve been putting this off for quite a while: developing color film.
some time ago i bought a small 1l tetenal colortec c41 kit, but so far haven’t used it (in fact it’s been a pretty long time since i exposed a roll of color film).
now i’m trying to sort out the remaining bits of preparation to finally use it.
here’s an article (german language) that describes making 500ml working solution, so i figure i’ll want to get 3 brown 500ml containers for storing these. apart from that, everything sounds straightforward enough (there are also pdf versions of the tetenal developer manual online).
… it’s probably time to load a roll of color film real soon. maybe to catch some fall colors?
some modern 10x15cm baryta paper (for 4x5” contact print experiments, hopefully soon to come) … i have used some very old baryta paper (decades old) and couldn’t get the hang of ever getting it to stay flat. so i’ll see how that goes with this paper :)
adox ortho 25 4x5” sheet film
… and some more slow 120-type film - i’m still trying to figure out which kind i like.
the recent four sheets of 4x5” film i’ve developed made me wonder if there are any nicer film tanks for manual development. so far i’ve used:
- a small tank, rolling up the sheets of film in the “taco method”
- a bigger jobo 2521 tank with a nice 2509 type reel for sheet film.
the first is messy and left the film scratched and marked from the rolling - while the latter method means using insane amounts of developer and fixer. apparently it takes 1250ml to cover 4x5” film in that tank. apart from that, i loved the tank and the reel.
… are there any other tanks i could consider?
(unfortunately using trays in the dark room is not an option for my purposes)
using the cyclop lens (which can’t be stopped down) on a sunny day prompted me to get this very slow film in the first place - so i’m happy that i took these frames. they turned out much like what i expected (with that swirly kind of blur in some places)