Washing larger Negs

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by mark, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. mark

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    I have used the 2d and it worked wonderfully. Now I want to process the film. This might sound dumb but how do you folks wash your larger (in this case 5x7) negs? I am also wondering if there is a method of doing this like the illford washing routine that saves water?
     
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    Hello, I wash 4x5 and 8x10 negs in my ZoneVI print washer. Ken
     
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    I don't have any large negs but it seems to me the washing you describe is for final wash - which is/can be done in room light. Therefore, any procedure you like could be used: Tray, rotation, tank, dip & dunk, etc.

    I think the essence of washing is the friction of clean water over a period of time. I think the Ilford system makes plenty of sense. Keep in mind the brunt of the washing takes place in the first bath. Time in the first wash is less important than the volume of water. You are further neutralizing the majority of the chemistry present and diluting it. That first bath contaminates very quickly and becomes useless in a matter of a few seconds.
     
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    Gravity Works makes some sheet film washers at a decent price. For myself, I wash in the Jobo processor.
     
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    I use the Gravity Works washer for 4x5 and 5x7 (in hangers). For 8x10 and 8x20 I wash in trays.
     
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    I'm going to use a Paterson auto print washer for my 8x10s, and a Silverprint 16x20 washer for any ULF stuff.
     
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    I thought I posted to this thread earlier, humm! I have a washer for 4x5 that will take 12 films and fills and drains by itself. The brand on it is Oriental. A friend gave it to me. Seems to work pretty good. Larger film gets tossed into the Zone vi print washer.

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    One 8x10 negative at a time in a 5 gallon bucket - non acid fixer and 20 minutes of leach time - no worries
     
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    i've washed 5x7 a few ways.

    this first way i don't do anymore because i got rid of all my hangers ... but if you have film hangers, you can just leave them in a tank with water running and you will be okay.

    the second way is what i currently do. (i tray process) after i do the perma-wash, i shuffle the film in a tray, fill-n-dump 20 times. haven't had any problems and the "residual hypo tests" come out clean.

    if i had the $$ i'd get a negative washer. lot less of a hassle than standing there filling, shuffling, and dumping.