That's correct. Its appeal is that one gets the whole tank up to correct temperature very quickly, that one washes out all kinds of (no longer needed) dyes without getting them into the developer, and that one gets the gelatin uniformly wet before the developer enters the stage.
Originally Posted by madgardener
And therefore, not optional IMHO.
Sounds like this could help fix some of my C-41 problems. I have just about given up on the process.
Do you have wine bags in boxes in China? If so drink a few of them, clean them and re-use. I haven't tried C41 chemicals in them but trad B&W keeps very well. No oxygen gets in and better than that you can dispense the chemicals and the bag just collapses with no opening and closing as per bottles be they plastic or glass
Great idea, Pentaxuser, but they aren't at the wine-in-a-box stage here in China yet. Wine is getting popular in Beijing, but not that popular. I'd give it another 5-10 years before the first wine box appears.
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
I'll be back in the USA by summer anyway, and all this China strangeness will be behind me.
Drinking a few bags of wine can't hurt wherever you are... :-P