C-41 Processing Question.

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by ToddB, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. ToddB

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    Hey guys,

    This may be already addressed but ask anyway. Out of the the 3 steps in C-41.. do you dump chemistry down the sink? Like d-76 in Black and White devleping? Or all steps can be recycled?

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    you can dump everything down the sink except the fixer.
     
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    After each roll of film? I'm looking at getting the gallon C-41 kit from Freestyle camera and I downloded PDF instructions. However it doesn't address that detail.


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    With the amateur kits you re-use baths (within a limited time). After a certain number of runs the processing time is prolonged.
    If the maximum film-capacity of the solution is employed in one run, an intermediate time is chosen.

    see for example the Tetenal sheet:
    http://www.tetenal.de/opener1.htm?file=imaging_shop/images/390137.pdf

    So far I did not yet come across a perfect manual text...
     
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    I've used the Tetenal 1 litre kit and I have processed 12 rolls of film (120 and 35mm) without replenishment or increased development times (assuming no 400 iso films which deplete the chemicals at a higher rate thus reducing the total number of rolls). So, to answer your question, if you have reached the development capacity of your chemicals, you should dispose of them the way you dispose your b&w chemicals. For me, I store my spent solutions in a 5 gal container and every 6 months or so take them to my community for environmentally correct disposal.
     
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    So.. I can reuse them after each roll? How exciting!

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    Yes, reuse them until they exhaust through use or age, whichever comes first. Developer will be the first thing to go; all the others have a much longer reuse life.