nothing stinks more than processing 6 rolls of 120 film at once
using developer that worked not too long ago
only to realize it was nearly dead ...
after the film was fixed and washed
Hi John I know exactly what you ar talking about. Did something similar - 7 rolls slide film in the jobo, my 5 year old son James as assistant. First dev ok, wash ok. Colour dev goes in (thanks James) quickly followed by blix and stabilizer ... That was the end all those pictures :-(
i hate to say this, but i am still amazed whenever any images appear on my film
it's kind of strange,even after having processed film for about 30(?) years ... when i pull the
reels out of the tank, or the sheets of film out of the tray / like magic i am still
in disbelief that there are actually negatives on the film ... kind of like the same feeling
i get when an image appears on the sheet of paper when its in the developer ...
sorry to hear of your tale of woe oxleyroad !
I'm so afraid of that happening that I've made a practice of saving the ends of 35mm rolls so that I have chips I can put into the developer and swish around, usually clamped in a forcep, to see whether the fluid is really developer, before I commit my film to it. It's a sort of "dumb test". If it turns dark, it's developer. If it clears, it's fixer. If it just gets wet, well.... It won't tell me the condition of a developer, but at least it does indicate activity and gives some vague idea of what I can expect.
I can't remember why, what, or when it was, but this terror I have must have arisen from an incident.
Seems to me I recall, probably from Wall and Jordan, mention of using physical development to plate silver on the already fixed image. I'm sure it is a lot of trouble, but might be interesting to try.
Recently, I returned from a trip to France with a bunch of film. I've been using the same liter of Edwal 12 for several years now, replenished, and wondered how it could possibly still be good. I hadn't used it for a couple of months at least. The dumb test showed it was still working. Results were exactly as I hoped.
yeah, i didn't do the clip test to see if it was still good ..
i won't be doing that again ...
im going to be shooting a bunch of paper negatives soon ...
so i can judge from the developed paper as well ( i hope ! )
glad to hear your french work is gonna be OK !