B/W development drum for both, 35mm and 4x5

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  1. emax

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    Hi all,

    after about 3o years I am back in the analogue business :blink:

    As I have currently no clue which equipment would be the right one for B/W film development, you can probabliy give me some advice.

    I am looking for a drum which is usable for both, 35mm and 4x5 film. I'd like to process more than one 35mm in one take, and do not need rotation.

    Do you have any recommendations?

    Your advice is very much appreciated :smile:
     
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    I've been trying the "Taco" method (using hair elastics to curl the 4x5 film into a semi-tube, emulsion side in) for doing 4x5's in a Paterson tank System 4 with decent results.
     
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    Good Morning, Edgar,

    There are volumes of advice on this topic here on the Forum. A Search for "drum" or "tube" or "motor base" or for the brand names of equipment such as "Unicolor" or "Chromega" or "Beseler" or "Jobo" will lead you to more information and informed opinion than you can imagine.

    Konical
     
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    Get a Jobo 2521 tank, the spiral for 35mm/120 roll film, and the 4x5 holder. You find them here on the classified ads, and more often on the big auction site...
     
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    Greetings Edgar, and welcome to Apug. Your best bet is a Jobo 2521 tank with both 35/120 and 6x9/4x5 adjustable reels. One tank will handle both reels, you don't need the motor drive as you can agitate by hand.
     
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    Dear Edgar,

    A second on the Jobo tank. With the 2521 tank you can do 2 rolls of 35mm, 2 rolls of 120 (1 of 220) or 6 sheets of 4x5. With the 2551 you can go to 5 rolls of 35 and 12 sheets of 4x5. Of course you will need the corresponding reels. At one time I built a drum turner using a surplus gearmotor that turned at 75rpm. Even without reversing there was never an issue with uneven development.

    Neal Wydra
     
  8. emax

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    Thanks to all who gave me a utilizable response.

    So I will go with the 2521 and probably add a 2551 later. It was not all that clear to me when I searched the web - and the forum.

    Thank you!