T-Max film

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  1. KelleighJay

    KelleighJay TPF Noob!

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    I'm taking this darkroom photography class and my instructor told me to use either c-41 (c-40?) or t-max film and I stupidly bought the latter.

    Now I'm remembering he told me that you can't get that film developed at the local rite aid...(right?)

    so I could either wait a week and have it developed by this professional camera store but that would be after the day of my class and I wanna make prints...

    OR I could develop it myself at my highschool using their equip so I guess my real question here IS...is that too risky be it that I haven't developed film in 2,3 years and is there a special method in developing this type of film??

    I have no idea and this is my first post here so ;)
     
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    Do it yourself, download the tech sheet for the film from Kodaks website, and just follow the instructions - it'll give you a sense of achievement.

    Welcome to the forum, and don't forget to post the pics when you get them developed!
     
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    yeah, it won't be too bad to dev. them yourself. either do what ^^^ said. or get someone at the high school to help you. it shouldn't be too bad
     
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    Putting T-Max through a C-41 minilab will result in a blank film - the C-41 developer will produce an image, but the bleach will then remove it entirely. That's what happens in C-41 (and E-6) - the silver image is formed, then removed.

    T-Max films are slightly more particular about time and temperature than other conventional B&W films, but they are still easy to develop. Next time it might be better to use something like Tri-X or HP5+ (both easy to develop, conventional B&W films); or XP2 Super or BW400CN, both of which are B&W C-41 films. If you are printing using normal B&W paper then XP2 Super (commonly known as XP2) is the better of those two. The film can be developed at a normal C-41 minilab, and it is designed for use with conventional B&W paper.

    Best,
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