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Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by vedmak, Feb 19, 2012.
Freestyle has arista, unicolor and rollei kits, which is best as far as quality of the negs?
forgot to mention, I am using jobo cpe and 35mm film, if that makes any difference.
I have not used any of them however, plan to order either the Rollei kit or the Kodak kit from Photographers' Formulary. The reason is I don't think using Blix is as good (in those other kits) as the original Kodak method. Shipping cost ways in favor of Freestyle. I would of thought that you could find something local in Chicago but things are different now. Good Luck.
The Kodak kit from the Formulary is excellent, as well as the Rollei kit. A separate bleach/fix is generally preferred over a blix. In any case, it's also recommended to add a stabilizer on the end. I use PE's mix with formalin and photo-flo http://www.apug.org/forums/forum40/77841-homebrew-stabilizer-e6-c41.html. Found 37% formalin cheap from a pet store (it's used to treat fish parasites).
stabilizer isn't needed for new c41 films, only older c41 films which would be long expired by now, I have been mixing my own (formalin isn't healthy for you btw).
regarding which is kit better, do a search here, it's been discussed to death.
the formulary kit isn't that cost effective if you use it with the listed capacity. I use the rollei 50 roll kit in my jobo.
If I may ask, where do you get the rollei 50 roll kit?
thank you all for the input, I did read other threads as well, just wanted to know what is the current preference.
yep, it is a shame that even Helix Camera are down to 4 devs from Kodak, and only for B&W
I have only used the Unicolor kit in my Jobo CPP2 and the results were excellent.
freestlyle photo but there are other sources for it as well.
My info may be wrong, I thought they could not get the 50 roll kit. Maybe just out of stock.