Processing 8mm black and white movie film

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by pschauss, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. pschauss

    pschauss Member

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    Is it practical to process 8mm movie film in a home darkroom? Can it be done the same way as 35 mm (36 exposure) or 120 using a reel and developing tank or does it require some sort of continuous feed processing?

    Assuming that it is practical to use a tank and reel, where does one buy them? My usual sources (B&H and Adorama) do not seem to carry them.

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    Doran / Morse tanks are OK. They take 100 ft of film, 8 mm, 16 mm or 35 mm - but they are 'rewind' tanks - you continuously wind the film between two spools. Some of them have a little window to allow a reversal exposure to be made.

    For lengths shorter than 100 ft I prefer the Russian spiral tanks. These take either 33 ft (the actual length of a '25 ft' Standard/Regular/Double 8 mm spool) or 50 ft. If you are using Super 8 or Single 8 you will need the 50 ft tank. Loading the spiral is amazingly easy and quick. They also take 8 mm, 16 mm and 35 mm film.

    There is a lot of information on the web. Here's a good place to start. Plenty of links.

    Which 8 mm format are you using?

    Best,
    Helen