Use them when I feel the need while we still have them, stop when we don't.....
Originally Posted by scheimfluger_77
Originally Posted by BradleyK
ABC isn't currently doing E6. They are having Customcolour do it for them.
They tell me though that if volumes warrant it they will consider re-instituting the service. Maybe your 60 rolls will tilt the balance.
The plan: shoot all 17 boxes of Provia 4x5 film I have and hand-develop it in 3010 drum with two Fuji Hunt E-6 kits in my freezer. After that comes sticking them on an acrylic cylinder in a certain Danish-made electronic device, but that's perhaps a bit OT...
Originally Posted by jnanian
you know color chemistry is really easy... I've been doing E6 in a plastic dishtub with holes poked in it to keep the water level constant and controlling the temp with the sink
I taco dev 4x5 c41 and e6 in my paterson tanks.
And my quality control was much higher than the local "pro" lab, even after i intentionally threw the temps off 5 degrees to see what difference they made. Still came out beautiful.
The most expensive part of my E6 processor was the Weston thermometer.
There always is an alternative:
Originally Posted by Wolfeye
I read somewhere of some new scanners (real scanners) soon to enter production but my memory fails at the moment.
When and if my Nikon Coolscan 5000 dies (scratching...) I'll buy a second-hand Minolta Dimage "Pro" scanner, able to scan 120, which will in turn open a new round of GAS involving Rolleiflexes, Hasselblads and various folders. Hope it will be later rather than sooner :)
Scheimfluger (Scheimpfluger, I suppose?) I suggest going "one-shot" without hesitations.
One-shot is not one-shot. You do two passes* on the same chemistry as far as the first three baths are concerned, and bleach and fix can easily do more than that. Final rinse / stabilizer even more than the latter.
You never have to deal with exhausted chemistry, correcting acidity or whatever. Your chemistry is always fresh, always of constant quality, with reliable and repeatable results;
The chemistry is much more easily preserved in its concentrated form (just use proper flasks and some propane/butane gas).
It doesn't cost more than replenishing. My 50 Euros kit does 50 rolls. Rotative developing uses a small volume of diluted chemistry.
It is easier as you only have the 6 canonical baths (plus the "final rinse / stabilizer) you don't have to fiddle with starter and replenisher and you don't have to worry about potency, freshness, doing tests etc.
People not using rotative processing have to prepare higher volumes of chemistry and that maybe shifts the convenience to replenishing. Rotative processing lends itself very well to one-shot processing without any cost aggravation.
* Two passes without letting the chemistry degrade, let's say within 24 hours, guarantee a level of quality which is at least on par with what you get from professional laboratories. Some people uses the same one-shot chemistry for three or more passes. That might cause some minimal decay in image quality. Two passes give you the very best quality your film can give.
My plans for the foreseeable future are as follows:
I will certainly go on using slides;
I am considering adding colour negatives. I still have to make the first developments (my kit is still sealed). I have some 10 or 15 colour negative rolls to develop and examine.
I am attracted to negative film for the greater exposure latitude, and as a ready back-up in case slide film becomes too expensive.
I am deterred from negative film by the filtering issues and the scanning issues (noise in the highlights).
I plan making "film profiles" of each negative film before scanning. That requires shopping for a slide duplicator which I should do this winter. Until then my considerations regarding long-term use of negative films will be withheld.
I suppose in any case that slide film will remain my preferred medium and that negative film will be confined mostly to high-brightness-range situations.
Fabrizio (and everyone else),
Originally Posted by Diapositivo
Thank's for all the great feedback. I've decided to keep the Jobo and use it for my black and white work to begin with. If a low volume commercial opportunity presents itself I'll be ready. In the meantime the only dark I'll need is the 1/2 bath by the garage. Fabrizio you are correct about the "p" in Scheimpfluger. I misspelled it when setting up on the pinhole forum, oh well.