How do I develop pack film?
So I bought this camera, and it came with an old pack of Tri-X (I don't know exactly how old). Some was already used, or at least the tabs were torn off; for the heck of it, I shot the rest and am now ready to develop it and see what I got.
How does this work? Can I open the pack *holder* in the light, or does that too have to take place in the dark? And since there are 16 sheets in there, which is more than I want to do as a single stack, can I take some out and close the pack back up, still lightproof?
I'll be tray processing, and I know to be careful about the glued-on paper; I just need to know how to get the film out of the pack!
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San Diego, CA, USA
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Handle in complete darkness. The sheets are thin-like 120 film. They were developed in sheet film hangers and deep tanks in the Dark Ages.
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NO LIGHT WHATSOEVER!
As above, total darkness only. We used to soup a sheet at a time in a tray of straight Dektol, for two minutes. They were a pain in the "nek" because they were so flimsy; but it was even harder to get the @#$ stuff into a hanger. WE had a light-tight closet, so we must have kept the film pack in there after it was opened. Tell ya the truth, it was so long ago I don't remember..
John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA
It was possible to "rob the pack" of a few sheets, process them, and continue shooting the unexposed sheets, but since you've shot the whole pack, it's not worth reassembling. Just take a couple of sheets and process them to check your processing time, since the film is old, and then process as many sheets as you can comfortably handle in a tray. Keep the rest of the pack in a three-part film box or other dark place in the meanwhile
When you remove the sheets from the pack, they will have paper stuck to them. Try to peel the paper off as cleanly as possible, otherwise it can float off in the developer or elsewhere in the process and make a mess or get stuck to the film.
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One aspect of "The Good Old Days" best left in the past.
I still have a few packs in the freezer. I really miss Verichrome Pan. It was the best, wish Kodak still made the stuff, even in 120. Processing pack film is a pain, I always seem to end up with a few "floaters" of paper in the tray or tank.
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that was one, there are three others.