Film changing tent for developing

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  1. Shaggysk8

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    Hello can anyone help me out I am looking for a film changing tent/bag but one I could also use to develop 5x4 film in with trays.

    Paul
     
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    That might be possible if you were especially adept, but would other wise be a nuisance.
     
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    It's sort of a no choice issue, I have moved and have no darkroom
     
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    Have you considered using a Paterson tank and developing "taco" style?
     
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    I just like trays it all works and never any probs so just wanna stick with that
     
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    I could work with tray when I am on the west coast, but I do not have facilities to do that unless I go to photoworks [http://www.glenechophotoworks.org/] and use their darkrooms. I tried a number of daylight load tanks and progressed up the cost range finally ending up with a JOBO processor. Hence now I can develop color film.

    I was never successful in finding or building a workable development tent. I hope that you find something that works for you.

    Steve
     
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    I have and use a Jumbo Harrison film changing tent. It would accommodate a series of tray quite easily but I shudder to think of the mess from splashes and spills.

    I have a series of 1 gallon (US) deep tanks with a rack which I can use only at night if I turn the house into a darkroom. It does work. But I favour using Paterson tanks for 120 and Jobo 2509N reels in 2500 tanks for 4x5.

    Cheers,
     
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    I think the Harrison tent looks like a good option. The Darkroom Tents are a bit over kill for me.
     
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    Ok gone for the Harrison tent, £70 for the middle range one, is that good?
     
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    Have fun cleaning up the mess. Never have I done tray processing without a few spills. These changing tent are not made with them getting wet in mind. Better you should get a daylight tank for your 4x5 sheets and learn to use it. I use the CombiPlan and it works great for me.
     
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    Yeah everyone says that but I have never spilt a drop, something must be wrong with me....haha

    Well when I am moaning on here you can say I told you so :tongue:
     
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    I'd recommend using a large tray in the bottom of the tent. That way, if there are spills, there would be a chance that they would end up in the tray, rather than the tent fabric itself.
     
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    £70 is a bargain

    The regular size might be a little snug but I am sure you will manage

    Have plenty of towels on stand-by - you might just need them

    You might also want to investigate putting a towel/something absorbent in the bottom of the tent to take care of the odd splash

    Martin :smile:
     
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    Cool glad I got a bargain :smile: I mean it will also be used just for changing film so all is good in the hood
     
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    I'd also give the nod to Matt King's recommendation for a larger tray to hold all the things that can slop.
     
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    Large try it is the I have 3. You see I listen to the people!
     
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    I probably wouldn't use to it to load film if you are developing inside it

    Those little white specs of splashed developer could easily end up on the film when loading the darkslides

    I spend quite a lot of time scrupulously cleaning the inside of my Harrison before handling film - something I have learned I needed to do

    Martin
     
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    Got my tent this morning. Its amazing I can fit 3 10x8 trays easily and its really well made, also it looks like it has never been used :D for £70 a bargain.
     
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    Loaded some film in my tent, shot 3 films not in my tent, tray developed in my tent, easy and perfect!
     
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    I do use my tent for load/unload films, but never thought to use it for developing in it, i may think to do that one day.
     
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    You should do it, it means you can watch TV while developing lots of film :smile: or as I do look into the garden at the birds also you don't get the whiff of fixer up your nose, and you can develop film anywhere. I can't say enough how it has changed my life :tongue: