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  1. den9

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    i never developed film but im going to try it after reading articles and watching videos.

    im just unsure of what types of chemicals i should buy and what kind of tank. should i use powder or liquid, concentrate? i shoot 50-125 iso black and white film. how long does it take to develop the film? i would like a jobo tank but it seems pricey, any suggestions on easy to use/quality tanks and reels?

    if someone could make a list of the stuff i need to buy it would be helpful, so far i know developer, stop, thermometer, tank and reel. :confused:

    thanks
     
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    after the stop bath process its ok to expose to light? it says let it sit in a bowl of water for 20 minutes, do i have to keep water flowing the whole time?

    what chemicals can i reuse besides the detergent?

    also this part is confusing


    Note: If you are using the DD-X developer, discard the fixer and make up a fresh batch when the developer bottle is about half empty. That way, you will not run a risk of using exhausted fixer as you near the end of the bottle of developer.

    why would it be exhausted?
     
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    NO NO NO if you exposue the fim right afte the stop bath it will fog.

    after the stop bath, you use fixer.

    after the fixer you wash the film in running water; or you can use ILford's method of filling, agitate then dumping, they have specific directions on their website.

    fixer gets full of silver , which decreases it's ability to work properly

    i suppose by degernent they mean, flo flow
     
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    thats what i meant, fixer.

    i never heard of the detergent step, trying to get alittle more specific details. :confused:
     
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    pre-wetting agent, is a common term , flo flow is a product name also LPN is another that can be used. I am aware of the term degerent but it is not the most common in my part of the world

    we use a few drops at a time in distilled water after washing, as if you mix the whole bottle with large amounts of water and let it sit around it grows mold with age.
     

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