How to process 35mm film at home

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  1. ozcarr

    ozcarr TPF Noob!

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    Hello, I'm a beginer photographer and I have many many rolls of film that i would like to process to get the negative. I wil then digitize the negatives in a scanner. So, all i really need to know is how to process the film at home or how to set up a procesing lab at home. Will this be too expensive or is there a an afordable way of doing it? After all, all I need is the negatives. Thanks in advance for your help.
    -Oz:wink:
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    Your films...black & white or colour?

    And do you intend to continue with film?
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    developing black and white negatives at home is easy and cheap.

    color is more complicated, b asically due to temperature colors.

    check ilfords' website, they have a pdf file with a "how to develop a roll of film with a list of all the equipment one would need.

    most can be found on ebay or even new it isn't a huge out put of money.

    you will need a changing bag or a room that is completely dark for loading the film on a reel and then placing it in a tank. After that, everything can be done under room light. You will need to find a nice quiet place for hanging and drying the film. Quiet meaning, not a lot of foot traffic, that stirs up dust which is not a good thing for wet negatives. A bathroom will do, or there are other ways and DIY ways to hang the film over night for drying.
     
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    An affordable way of processing films? yeah, ebay is your friend here!

    Loads of processing tanks, spirals & sundries very cheap. One thing I would say though is don't be even tempted to buy oput of date chemicals through ebay. Much better to goto your local shop & buy them fresh & new.

    Follow ann's reccomendation of the Ilford guide to processing your own films & check out some of the posts in the Darkroom section here.

    I really hope film photography isn't alternative photography just yet! :cry:
     
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    I second that emotion!!!
     
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    third it.
     
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    hm, i remember when i was processing my film at home. nightmare. u can find out if u can rent out a dark room, like in belfast we can rent out dark rooms and they have all the facilities, but yeah if u never done it before u probably better doing a test film so u dont ruin your proper ones.
    plus i didnt have a drying cabinet and all my films dried with water marks on them, it wasnt very noticeable but still annoying.
     

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