Kodak E-6: 5L Kit vs. Bulk Chemicals

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  1. rawhead

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    Hi,

    I've been developing E-6 for the past year using Jobo processors and Kodak's 5L kit. I've gotten comfortable with the process after having developed a good 50-60 rolls. And then Kodak had to discontinue the kit :sad:

    Out of extreme good fortune, I inherited tons of Kodak E-6 chemicals from a lab that is going fully digital. So I've got gallons' worth of all the chemicals. What I'm not quite sure about is how they are different (or not) from the chemicals that I'm used to using, i.e., those in the 5L kit.

    I see all the familiar chemicals, but then there are these "starters". How do I use those? Are the dilution ratios the same for all the chemicals? Any help and or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    I would love to know this as well because I have used K's 5L kit (still have 2 kits unopened) and know I will need to plan another route in the near future.
     
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    As far as I know, the chemicals work the same way. The bulk concentrates that kodak sells are considered replenishers, which are to be added to already used or 'seasoned' chemicals. The bottles of starter are used to turn the replenisher into a usable developer, bleach, etc. IIRC, the starter is not quite essential for the bleach or fix steps; it only matters for the developers. To some extent I can confirm this because I use C41 bleach replenisher sans starter without problem.

    There was a pdf somewhere that showed how to mix smaller amounts of E6 chemicals from the bulk concentrates.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the info!! Will check out the PDF. I really made a score. Gallons and gallons of E6 chemicals, just when I was about to run out of my last 5L kit :-D
     
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    I am down to two 5L kits and more film than what they will process so I am now on the look out for kits or a source for Kodak bulk chemicals. I still have 70 sheets of Ektachrome 5x7 that I need to shoot and process this spring and summer as well as 4x5 and 120 roll film.
    Gord