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11-18-2011, 04:48 PM
Yes you need wetting agent, unless you like spots on your negs.
Spend money on a good thermometer - when I bought an enlarger in the 90's and was working in a darkroom/storage closet, I used a cheap thermometer meant for fishtanks. Took me awhile to figure out that my very thin negs were due to underdevelopment because the thermometer was off.
A watch/clock/iphone can be used for a timer, if you're looking to save a couple of $$ right now. (I love my Gralabs - picked up an unused 2nd hand one for $10 last summer.)

11-27-2011, 02:05 AM
Yay! So I just finished developing one roll of 135 and one roll of 120 film. Lots of fun :)
Appreciate all the advise and tips as it helped me in my shopping :)

Passed on the squeegee and just used my fingers :)

Didn't get a setting agent but I think I should soon. No visible spots yet but we shall see!

Love this community :)

Side question: what's "okay" to dump down the sink? I will reuse the fixed and stop bath (have enough for years) but eventually I have to dispose of them. Suggestions?

11-27-2011, 04:41 AM
It is great fun isn't it?

Your fingers pose the same potential to damage as a squeegee. A little speck of something can be carried down the film, scratching as it goes, through frame after frame after frame. Most of the time you can get away with it, but the one time you've got terrific, un-repeatable, very precious negs - that'll be the time there turns out to be a tiny little piece of grit that wrecks your negatives. Photo-flo (or other brand) is cheap. It goes a long way. (I think I'm on my second bottle this century, and I entered it with a bottle less than half full.) Dunk your negatives in the photo-flo, hang and let them drip dry. Squeegees or fingers aren't going to speed the process anyway.

I dump everything down the sink except the fix. (And selinuim and dichromates, but you'll not have got to those yet :confused:) A silver magnet is on my wish list for Christmas.

12-03-2011, 11:22 AM
You can also get some stuff at Leo's on Granville, downtown. The only problem with ordering in from Beau is a sometimes very lengthy wait. If you need stuff sooner, besides Freestyle, B&H has improved their chemical and film/paper selection and has cheap Canada shipping. I get stuff shipped from Freestyle, especially the dangerous goods stuff that can't cross the border, sent to a parcel receiving place down in Point Roberts or Blaine and it's a quick hop across the border with very cheap shipping within US.

If you aren't looking at getting a silver magnet for yourself, you can take used fix to Langara College's photo department and they will dispose of it for you. Also a good place for courses in the night program by the way.

12-11-2011, 10:54 AM
I will definitely have to check out Langara sometime. I've been interested to see what classes they offer. Time time time!

I haven't used the wetting agent just yet but can see why it would be very very useful. My negs come out a little "sticky" and... perhaps that's why the photoflo is needed?

Love being able to do my own developing though :) It's fun!

12-19-2011, 06:09 AM
If you want to know more about Langara's photo program, feel free to get in touch with me. I've been involved with the part-time studies, as an instructor, for a number of years. (darkroom, & meter/film calibration)

Happy holidays!