Recommended tray size for 8x10 sheet film?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Sean, May 22, 2004.

  1. Sean

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    I can get some used 10x12inch trays, they should work ok for 8x10 sheets right? Just double checking. thanks!
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    I'd recommend 11x14" trays. An oversized tray gives you more room for your fingers and less of a problem with overdevelopment at the edges.
     
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    Would you use that developer for more than one negative ?
     
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    I use 8x10 peterson trays to develop my 8x10 negatives. They are a tad bigger than 8x10 so i got enough room for my fingers.

    I don't shuffle anymore either. I am having success with just rocking the tray every 30 secs. I did this with up to 4negs at a time and had no problem whatsoever.
     
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    I shuffle and don't seem to have problems with uneven development from having my fingers in the developer. It may be that because I use a larger tray, I can handle the sheets a little more quickly and efficiently, and there is more solution in the tray. I also rotate the sheets 90 degrees periodically for more even results, and that works better with a larger tray.

    Having to mix more solution, of course, could be seen as a downside, but it seems a modest compromise to me.