First colour film......

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  1. PlasticSpanner

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    Messed up! Yep in the long tradition of first time disasters my first attempt to develop a colour film has produced a very fancy orangey/brown strip of negatives!:lol:

    So in an attempt to understand more about what has happened can anybody tell me what has caused htis?

    Temp was spot on all the way through, film was preheated for 1 min, developer and fixer was measured very carefully, time was followed to the second!

    Chemicals have come from an un-opened "kit" from Jessops! Camera exposes the film OK, film was loaded onto the reel in complete darkness with even the neon of the extension lead turned off.

    The result is a blank negative with no numbers or faint images. So has the developing process over or under developed to produce this result? How long does it take for an image to "appear" through the murky negative at the begining? And can anybody reccomend specific chemicals or kits? - Maintaining the temp doesn't seem to be much of a problem and can be held at 100f for the developing duration (thermometer in each solution, not the bath)

    Any help and advice appreciated :hail:
     
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    You have my sympathy - rotten outcome! :(

    A completely blank negative, with no numbers?? Nothing there to post for us to see?
     
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    I'm not too concerned as I suspected I'd be more likely to get it wrong than right!:lol:


    The negatives are completely plain orange and transparent with nothing else at all. No numbers or faint images, no stains or odd patterns!

    I spent ages last night looking through past treads in here but found more questions and suggestions than answers! :lol:

    Is it worth trying a different set or brand of chemicals or maybe developing at a different temp?
     
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    I use the Jessops kit myself with no problems.

    I think it sounds like you may have put the bleach/fix in first. Is that possible?
     
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    My only guess is perhaps you forgot to fix?
     
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    Everything was set out & followed in th correct order!


    I did breifly allow myself to think " this is easy!" near the end so it might be because of that! :lol:

    Is there an expiry date for un-opned kits???
     
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    Even if the chem's were expired, you'd still have got some level of development.

    It sounds like your film has not developed at all which is why I thought it most likely that you put the blix in first by mistake. I've nearly done it myself a couple of times - and I still haven't marked my bottles up.

    I can't think of anything else that would give this result.
     
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    I use the Tetenal C-41 kit.

    The temps tend to go +/- the recommended, but I seem to get great negatives with it.
     
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    Should I try again from scratch, making new solutions etc?

    Although I kept everything seperate (got lots of measuring beakers & stuff!) with a set for each chemical, is it possible cross contamination has occured to cause this result? (maybe not all the developer rinsed out for the stop bath/3 change step?)

    Oh! also could too much or too vigourous agitation be a problem?

    Can't wait to try again tonight but I only have so many films to experiment with before I have to start developing/destroying the wifes films! :lol:
     
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    :lol: I read about this kind of mistake in here a few days ago before setting up so I marked everything up with it's own complete set! ! (beakers, bottles, funnels etc!)
     
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    If the film wasn't exposed at all would the numbers still develop?
     
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    Can I test the ph levels of the solutions to make sure that blix wasn't put into the dev bottle and vice versa by blind mistake? It shouldn't have & I'm 99% sure it hasn't but I'd like to know what has gone wrong!

    (Who knows what daft error I've made!:lol: )
     

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