5x4 b&w processing with a Jobo

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  1. Snapper

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    Say I wanted get into developing my own black and white 5x4 negatives at home. I already have a Jobo CPE processor, so would it be advisable to get a 5x4 reel and use it with a 2500 series drum, but instead of going through the palaver of setting up the processor each time, just use the drum as a normal daylight tank, filling the tank almost full and giving it a few inversions/rolls every 30 seconds when developing?

    Would this give good negs, or do those jobo drums need to keep rotating constantly to give even development with b&w?

    I realise I'll use up more developer, but I use Rodinal at 1+50, so it's no great waste.

    What about the jobo expert drums this way?
     
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    The Jobo drums can be used for inversion processing, as you surmise, they just need a lot of solution to fill.

    For inversion processing it would be best to get a drum with the normal top, not the type with the cog. Though if you could find a big enough bung or stopper, you could get away with using a cog lid. Having both would give you the flexibility to do rotary or inversion processing.

    The expert drums cannot be used on the CPEs, and, as far as I know, can only be used for rotary processing.
     
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    Using the 2309n reel would work for inversion but has snallan mentioned you would have to use a bit (a lot) more chem.
    Now, no matter how you use it I would only load 4 sheets leaving the middle ones (it takes six) empty.
     
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    I've got the drum with the magnet attached, not the cog. So would this be OK?
     
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    I have to let someone else answer this as I only use the cog. I am 99 pct sure it's ok but don't want to lead you wrong. You'll get the answer here.
    Best of luck.
     
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    Yes, that's the one. I would go with Tom's advice of only loading four sheets at time for inversion processing.
     
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    I use these tanks for a couple of years to develop 4x5 manually.
    No problems.

    1.2 liter goes in...
    that's 12cc pyrocat A and 12cc pyrocat B :D

    For filling the reel you maybe will need some practice. I always check after three items are inserted at one side that i feal 3 lines when i put a finger on the side (otherwise you have put 2 in the same slot. )
     
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    I use Jobo's for 4x5" inversion processing with six sheets per reel, works great. I like using them because I can do a combination of inversion for developing and rotary for fixing.
     
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    The drum with the magnet is fine, it's really the tops that are different. The cog lid doesn't fit the cap you need to close off the opening for inversion use.
    I've developed 6 sheets with no problems with inversion. For the 1200ml of chem, you might as well run as many sheets as you can.
     
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    I put Sandy King's cat in my Jobo 2000 series tanks along with my 5x4 negs 1litre of deve per reel. The negatives come out perfectly but the cat's usually a bit wet :D

    More seriously I've been processing 5x4 in a Jobo 2000 since 1976 with no problems at all, these older tanks were designed for Inversion. As others have said make sure you use the right volume for your particular tank.

    I used Rodinal in my Jobo's for over 15 years and never thought it uneconomic.

    Ian
     
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    The wide mouth lids with red stopper makes inversion workable.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I take the point about going rotary for fixing (and I guess washing too) - I guess this would make the process more efficient and less hard work.

    So now I'm thinking, why not just get the Jobo out and let it run for the 10-15 minutes for the dev and not worry about inverting every 30 seconds and put my feet up instead.

    So that begs the question - what is preferable - inversion or constant agitation? Also, what effect would it have on the negs and would I need to alter the process or development times (using Rodinal 1+50 on either FP4+ or Adox CHS50 / 25) - this goes for 120 and 35mm too. If I'm doing just 120 films, would I be better off using my usual Paterson tanks with inversions every 30 secs, or put them in the Jobo and let that do the work.