Oct 2012 - I want to hand process C41 in Sydney
So, I recently shot quite a few rolls of colour neg in a Diana, and had the thought that I would like to process it myself rather than take it to a lab. I'm experienced with B&W processing, and also with mixing B&W dev powders.
The obvious thing to do is to buy a Tetenal kit from Vanbar, however when I spoke to them last week I was told these are out of stock and not expected back for 3 to 6 months. I'm reasonably patient, but that's a long time to wait to see my photos.
I've tried searching ebay but can't find any local sellers. There is someone in the UK selling it, but the $40 local kit will end up being about $70. Freestyle stock a few C41 devs but all the liquids can't be sent internationally. There is a Unicolor powder kit for $20, but regular shipping is about $40, or there is the FIMS shipping for about $20 but I've heard reports of that taking a couple of months.
I really didn't think it would be this hard.
What are people in Australia doing to home process C41? Do you buy a lot of kits when Vanbar do have stock? Is there anywhere else I can buy kits from?
The other option I'm looking at is to buy individual chemicals from Vanbar. I'm sure this will work, although I would have preferred a kit where everything was in the same amounts. This is what I'm considering - (assuming Vanbar has this in stock of course);
Kodak -Flex SM Unit Dv 2 ltr $22
Kodak Flex SM Bleach 2.7 ltr $75
Kodak +E-6 Fixer & repl > 10lt $6.30
Kodak Flex SM Final Rinse 1.5 ltr $6.30
The bleach is pricey, but I suppose it should last a fair while, and the other items seem reasonable.
I'm looking for advice or comments on this, particularly in regards to someone who want to do this in Australia right now, thanks.
have you tried B&H?
the kit is US$20, and Post id roughly US$32.
not a bad alternative.
Hi James, I hadn't looked at B&H and that does seem a good option. I'd order right away, except they're closed for another 5 days. Oh well, better than waiting 6 months.
another option to look out for is Kodak Flexicolour.
i was in Vanbar Melbourne store yesterday, and i saw what looked to be a small Kodak Flexicolour kit.
i was just in a small bag, with no info. 3 part process, i think it made 1ltr of solution.
if i can find out more about it, i might buy and try as well.
Another option if you intend to do a lot of film is the liquid kits from Ag Photo in the UK. Shipping is a killer, but it still comes out to about $1.50/roll for chemistry (80 rolls capacity on the 5L Fuji). It's what I do.
Edit: though you pay lots for shipping, the whole kit ends up cheaper than buying just the bleach locally!
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I suppose that might be the same as the Kodak chemicals I list in the first post that are available separately. Probably Vanbar also package them as kits. I'll email Sydney and ask what they have.
Originally Posted by JamesR
Ployglot - I think 5 liters is more than i want at the moment. I'll start with some small kits and then decide how to proceed.
They also do Rollei kits in the smaller sizes, which would be a better option than the Tetenal because they have separate bleach+fix not blix.
Originally Posted by Michael W
5L of the Fuji is only 40 rolls if you shoot 400 speed. And it keeps really well if you exclude all oxygen - see the FAQ in my signature, it has a C41 section.
I've read your C41 FAQ a few times to wrap my head around the process. Would ideally like a separate bleach and fix. I was going to go with the Tetenal just to get started, on the assumption that I could walk into Vanbar, buy a box and get into it. Now I'm looking for plan B, plan C etc. I'll email Vanbar and see if they have anything and will also compare the AG price to B&H. Funny how the UK can post the liquid chemicals but not the USA.
Originally Posted by polyglot
In theory the UK can't either but I suspect that some regulations are just being ignored.
I got a big Rollei Digibase kit from Macodirect.de, works great and even has instruction for working at room temperature (which also works out great!).
They have smaller kits too, but apparently the unmixed chems can last for up to 2 to 3 years. I've been using my kit in batches and just mixing up a new lot every time the negs come out a little thin (around 12-15 rolls per 625ml working solution).