film processing at home

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  1. pocketshaver

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    Just how reliable are the little kits that come in a plastic bucket that let you develop film negatives at home in terms to sending it to an actual lab?


     
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    What kit comes in a plastic bucket? Seriously, I don't think I've seen anything like that so not sure what you mean.
     
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    You don't say whether B&W or Colour, but all are easy to do at home and you don't need a darkroom unless you want to print as well. I used to do C41 and E6 processing on a regular basis and it's very easy.

    Ian
     
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    PatersonMulti-Reel 3 Developing Tank

    They put it out as really really really easy to do at home. SO I really have to get actual user input on the whole do it at home process considering the actual film labs put it out as being "must rinse film off between steps with unicorn tears collected on a full moon" sort of difficult
     
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    About as complicated as steak dinner.

    Its what you make of it.

    In all seriousness its akin to home brewing beer. You just have to do it.

    Follow the instructions and it'll be fine
     
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    Yes, it is easy for B&W 35mm/120 film developing.
    The hardest part is putting the undeveloped film onto the reel ... in the dark.
    The rest if it is just measuring chemicals, pouring, agitating, dumping, pouring, agitating, dumping, pouring, agitating, dumping, then final wash.
    There are probably lots of youtube videos of this process.
     
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    It is really really easy to develop at home. Paterson tanks are good tanks. I can even tell you how to develop film using instant coffee if you want.

    Seriously, the first couple of times will be a bit nerve-wracking but then the first time you pull out a strip of film with images, you'll be hooked. And then you will do it a bunch more times and you will realize how easy it really is and kinda boring, too.
     
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    B&W...easy, temp is not "that" critical...
     
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    I have to remember the next time I develop some film to bring my laptop in the bathroom to watch Netflix.
     
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    I also generally make sure I've got beer in the house when I've got a bunch of developing to do. Don't know why beer is more suitable than wine or bourbon, but it just is.

    This just reminds me of how much of a backlog I've got :boggled:
     
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    ... because Wine and Bourbon is more prone to distorting time and space o_O
     
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    To ME, prossessing B&W is easy, the hardest part is finding a DUST-FREE place to dry the film.
    Second is learning how to load the film onto the reel.
    OK learning how to load the film onto the reel is #1, cuz you get nowhere if you can't load the reel.
    As for reels, there are those that swear by the plastic reels, and those like me who swear at them.
    Similarly there are those like me who swear by stainless steel reels, and those that swear at them.
    Plastic reels are probably the easier to learn. But they HAVE to be CLEAN and dry.
     
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