The Black and White Film Developing Thread

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I LIKE the stainless steel Nikkor tanks for 35mm and 120. After I learned to use them, the plastic reels seemed more difficult, to me. To each their own.
I have the 4x5 Nikkor tank, but never got around to trying it. I will probably use the Unidrum, so I can do just 2 sheets at a time.

Yes digital is more convenient, and I can do stuff that I could not even dream of doing in a darkroom.
But a wet darkroom is sooooo much more relaxing to work in.
 
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Wet processing certainly distinguished between sheep and goats!
Also, for fine gradations and smooth tones in Black & White, a large silver/chlorobromide still knocks the socks off an Inkjet print with its limited and distinctly "stepped" 255 shades of grey.
 
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Chris;
Do you find any difference using distilled water, or just tap water for mixing your chemicals and washing?
I use distilled water only for the Photoflo (wetting agent) final rinse. This is the one that dries on the film, so I don't want any water spots from my super-hard Arizona tap water.

I LIKE the stainless steel Nikkor tanks for 35mm and 120. After I learned to use them, the plastic reels seemed more difficult, to me. To each their own.
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Yeah, me too. I had a plastic set, but the film just never seemed to go on as smoothly as it does on the steel. Also all that movement was somewhat cumbersome in a bag. Now I have a whole dark closet for film loading though, so the movement doesn't matter. But I'm just so used to my steel reels, I don't see myself ever trying to change that. Unless I drop them. Bent steel reels just don't work very well.
 
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Chris; Good advice, re: not chasing the rainbow with many different films/developers, etc!👍 I like stainless reels/tanks, until something gets out of whack...dropping the reels, or the cap gets stuck, so a charge of dynamite worn't budge it! Maybe a good argument for rubber tank covers?
 
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Chris; Good advice, re: not chasing the rainbow with many different films/developers, etc!👍 I like stainless reels/tanks, until something gets out of whack...dropping the reels, or the cap gets stuck, so a charge of dynamite worn't budge it! Maybe a good argument for rubber tank covers?
At one point, I was considering one of the replacement rubber tops, but reports were that it cracked.
Maybe wrong rubber compound.
If they have new ones today, hopefully better rubber.
 
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