Proper way to develop Fuji 3000B. What's the deal.

Discussion in 'Instant Cameras, Backs and Film' started by Holly, May 2, 2012.

  1. Holly

    Holly Member

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    Hi all
    I am stumped by something which is probably really easy to answer (wouldn't be the first time, sigh) and that is: you know the
    little diagram they put on the backing of 3000B film, and the temperature guide? What is that drawing supposed to be of which looks
    like a hand putting the print into a cylinder or bucket or tube or something?? I don't use this film much, and I have trouble believing that it
    only takes 30 seconds to develop, so the diagram mystifies me. I kind of feel like I might be doing something wrong when I let my shots
    develop - I don't have a step in my routine involving what the diagram has!
    Curious that's all.
    Thanks
     
  2. nickrapak

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    The "hand in the bucket" is supposed to be you throwing away the negative side after peeling away the print. The print itself really does only take 15-30 seconds to develop, depending on temperature. It really is an amazing bit of technology.
     
  3. Holly

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    :laugh: is THAT what that is..ok, that's the best diagram ever. It truly is an amazing trick, the 30 sec time, yes. I have an old polaroid Land which came with the cold clip, I always half wondered whether that diagram was alluding to putting the print into that and letting it develop.
    How does everyone else actually develop theirs though? Do you do the under the arm thing when it's cold?
     
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    ... Or back pocket or ...
     
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    I have never shot FP3000B or FP100C in really cold conditions, but Polaroid used to make an accessory called the Cold Clip. It was a slightly curved device consisting of two bits of aluminum. The idea was that you kept that next to your body, and when the film came out you sandwiched it in the cold clip while it developed.

    Pocket or under the arm would work just as well, but the cold clip supposedly gave the film "Even temperature." YOu can probably find a CC on eBay if you're really interested.

    As an aside: Yes, the 15-30s dev time really is incredible. I usually let the film develop a little longer than it says, just because I'm paranoid I counted short or missed numbers :laugh:
     
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    I an emergency I have used a square trash can as opposed to the round one indicated in the directions with no apparent loss of print quality. :wink:

    In all seriousness, it is my understanding that the development process is "self terminating" so going beyond the recommended time is no problem. It's never been an issue in my experience.
     
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    15 seconds. yes, it really works. pretty awesome and sharp! you can scan the negative and do a 4x enlargement that looks great!