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    Student needing help with developing tmax 400.

    I need to learn to develop film for a photography class I am taking next year. I've been shooting digital with my 550d over the last year.

    I can use my Highschool's darkroom for developing film. I've watched videos on developing and I feel I have the gist of it. But one thing, I'm not too sure on how long I need to have the developer in contact with my 35mm Kodak Tmax pro 400 b+w.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Depends on the developer you're using. See http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...4043/f4043.pdf Kodak's recommendations for technique are on page 3, and the table of developing times on page 4. That said, the times are not set in stone and many people use slightly different times/procedures after experimentation. Kodak's times are probably the best place to start.

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    Hi FNH, and welcome to APUG. :-)

    Your development time depends upon which developer you are using. You can usually find developing information on the inside of the film box, or the developer packaging; your school should tell you which developer they're buying. The development times vary with temperature and dilution; also with the effective film speed and contrast desired. Fortunately there's a great website called the Massive Development Chart: http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart...er=&mdc=Search

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    hey welcome to apug !

    one of the forum moderators put together a series of videos

    http://www.jasonbrunner.com/videos.html

    they are very helpful

    have fun !

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    Thanks so much guys!
    Lately, I've been realizing film has a much more satisfying feel than digital.

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    Welcome Home FNH !

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    Everybody has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
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    Jesus, you don't need a 15 minute pre-wash.
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    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    Jesus, you don't need a 15 minute pre-wash.
    Nor pretty much everything else except maybe the developer.

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    This Kodak matrix is a great place to start from: http://wwwcaen.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/e103cf/e103cf.pdf

    PS If you decide to use a pre-wash, a 3 minute one will generally work well
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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