Nikor 4x5 Stainless Dev Tanks any good?

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    I have one, works great when adjusted properly. It pours slow so I fill the tank first and dunk the film in, I have a few 220 tanks the same diameter I can stash the reel in while the lights on.
     
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    Does it give even development Gary? no scratches?
     
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    I haven't seen signs of uneven development, nor have I seen any scratches from the tank. That don't mean it can't happen. The developer in question may have something to do with how even the development is.
     
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    Thanks lots Gary. Think I'll have a go - bound to use less in chemicals than small tank or tray development.
     
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    mine in the beginning left a few lisght spots of the antihalation backing on the film. I just took those and dumped them back in the fix until the backing disappeared. The spots were where it rested on the bar along its back. I did a few minor adjustments with some of my jeweler's tools and its fine now. I really like it.
     
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    Thanks Aggie.
     
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    John-

    I have one that has the metal band and all, I don't use it anymore, I switched to trays.
    I could loan it to you if you'd like.

    Matt
     
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    That's very kind Matt. may take you up on that. Out of interest why did you change to trays? (I'm trying to change away from them due to the inconvenience and problems with scratches I've had).
     
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    Well, for a couple reasons, control for expansion/contraction (this is when I actually get a chance to meter properly- see my "tri-x expansion" thread), and the "hands-on" feel. I have been careful and done up to 12 sheets with no major sctatch issues. Also control of agitation, stand, semi-stand etc.

    I also just got sick of all the tank/Jobo debates and wanted to stick with something I could use as I move up in formats (I keep dreaming of larger negs!) and concentrate on my work.

    Matt
     
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    Ahuh - can understand all those reasons. I guess with the round tanks, you have to keep turning them for even development?
    There does seem to be something about bigger is better in this game doesn't there? By the way, how is the Shen Hao going?
    John.
     
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    Right about the round tanks, I do an inversion and turn the tank a bit then invert again repeating for the agitation cycle. I avoid tipping in the same direction constantly.