How To: start with C-41 processing? what brand and what temperature?
I have developed B&W films for several years now, but never did C-41 color development. I don't have a Jobo Colorprocessor machine.
I shot some color films for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, but wasn't able to show anything yet since I have to get the films developed in a store. Someone suggested to me that it was really easy to develop color film myself. I always thought it was complicated, very temperature sensitive, ... so I never tried it.
But: my curiosity was peeked and I read several threads on APUG.
But before I get myself into it, I would like to ask your advice. I have a simple darkroom, so no Colorprocessor, no fancy heaters for chemicals, etc. I have two standard Jobo tanks for 120 roll film. Is it still doable in these settings?
What I would like is to develop 1 or 2 films at the time in a simple tank (as I use for B&W film) and develop at lower temperatures (like 20 or 25 degrees Celsius) because this is easier to maintain constant for me.
I read on this forum that several people find it is not that temperature sensitive and some even develop at 20 degrees Celsius.
If it all works out I might get me a Joboprocessor, but it seems there aren't that much around 2nd hand over here in Europe.
These are the kits I can get from Germany (Maco Direct) of France:
- Rollei Digibaseİ C41 MINI KIT (kits for 500 ml, 1 ltr, 2.5 ltr of 5 ltr)
- Fuji C-41 Film X-Press Kit for (5 Liter)
- TETENAL Colortecİ C-41 Negativ Kit Rapid (kits for 1ltr or 5 Ltr)
Can anyone tell me what kit is easiest to work with or has the best results (at lower temperatures)?
I'm considering to get me a small kit from Rollei to test first before I get this large bulk kits or anything.
- negatives will (mostly) be scanned, not printed
- I use mostly old Fuli Superia 400 and old Konica 400 film with pinhole cameras
- colors being (slightly) off will be no problem for pinhole
- I might also try cross processing as well when I'm at it
Thanks for the help!!
Bert from Holland