Developing E6?????

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  1. BadRotation

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    Anyone have a link, or feel ike posting a step by step guide to processing E6 slide film at home? I do B&W all the time, but now would like to get into color positives. Heard it is similar to B&W, and a whole lot easier than c41.
     
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    It is a lot more difficult than C41, having about 6-7 different chemistry baths and the temperature is critical. I did it for about twenty years, but never would attempt it without the appropriate machinery. I do admire your desire though and wish you luck. I did have a book on it, but seems like I've chucked it out.
     
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    Yes, indeed, temperature is very critical in the developer and bleaching stages. Even a couple of degrees can affect the result. With C41 you can always adjust the image at printing time. With E6 what you get is what you see.
     
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    Even though the temperature is critical, you can control that with a water bath. I still do my own E-6 processing at home. There are a few things you need to be aware of, first off, transparency film does not have the exposure latitude that negative film does. Here is a website that you might want to check out:
    http://www.photosensitive.ca/wiki/index.php/Main/ProcessingColourSlidesAtHome

    Good luck!
     
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    I do my own E-6. I just ordered another box of Kodaks 5 liter 6 bath kit. It can be done without a machine but I do have a Jobo CPE. When I first started I just did it by hand with a water bath. This is very easy with just the kitchen sink. Just need a timer, and a way of keeping water temp. To do that just keep some warmer than 100 c water and watch the temp of the water bath. If it starts to cool off add some hot water. The more water in the sink the slower the temp changes.

    I also just ordered Tetenal's C-41 press kits. I had a problem with a Kodak processor so now I am going to do C-41 at home as well.

    If you plan on shooting alot of slide film. I would suggest you get a used Jobo off ebay. With Kodaks 5 liter kit $50 at Adorama. I can process 40 rolls of film (35mm). I always do 8 at a time. So I can get 5 runs out of one kit. So chemical cost is about $1.50 a roll. The machines are $400 to $500 on ebay for the CPE (which is only supposed to do 5 rolls but I do 8 anyway :) ). If you figure $15 a roll for commercial processing. You are breaking even at 40 rolls. I don't mount any more. So I am not including mounting cost. Although I still have about 6,000 mounts in the closet. I bought them in bulk (10,000) and that brings the cost down as well if you want to mount.
     

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