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    Newbie Film Processor

    Hi,

    Very green here, yet to dive in but about to so bare with me!
    I have inherited a bunch of old powders and liquids. (They're years old)

    I'm wondering if it's worth my time doing some experiments with them given that I'm on a budget and that I'm happy to experiment with 4 rolls of cheap 35mm - Lucky 100. It seems a shame to throw them all away

    I should also mention that all of these were being used to develop motion picture film which is where I'm heading but starting with still film first.
    (for more info on this venture visit: http://filmprocessing.wordpress.com/about/)

    Here's the list:

    Powders in Big Jars:

    • 5 x Sodium Sulphite
    • 1 x Sodium Sulphite Anhydrous
    • 4.5 x Sodium Thiosulphate Hypo
    • 1 x Sodium Hydroxide Caustic Soda


    Powders in Medium Containers:

    • 1 x Gelatine Powder
    • 1 x Potassium Sodium (+)- Tartrate
    • 1 x Potassium Oxalate
    • 1 x Tartaric Acid
    • 1 x Ammonium Ferric Citrate brown
    • 1 x Hexameta Phosphate (Sodium) Calgon Quadrofos
    • 1.5 x Boric Acid
    • 2 x Sodium Tetraborate (Borax)
    • 2 x Sodium Bromide
    • 1 x Sodium Dithionite
    • 3 x Potassium Dichromate (Potassium Bichromate)
    • 1/4 full x Sodium Tiosulphate A.R.
    • 1/5 full x Sodium Carbonate Anhydrous


    Powders in Small Containers

    • 1 x Sodium Metabisulphite
    • 1 x Sodium Sulphate
    • 2 and 1/3 x CD-4
    • 2 x Alum BP
    • 1 x Silver Nitrate
    • 1 x Potassium Iodide
    • 1/2 x Kodak Ballancer Alkali


    Liquids:

    • 1 x Ammonia Solution
    • 1 x Kodak 28% Acetic Acid
    • 2 x Ilford IM-1 Indicator Stop Bath
    • 1 x Kodak Photo-Flo 600 solution
    • 1 x Ferric Chloride Solution 60% w/v
    • Ilford Hypam Hardener Concentrated solution
    • 1/5 x Perma Clean Anti Static Film _ _ _ (couldn’t read last word)


    So really just wondering if you think it's worth having a play with these to see if I can concoct some half reasonable result or should I just turf them and start with fresh chems?

    Thanks
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    Welcome to APUG!

    Some of the chemicals you have there need to be handled carefully, so my first question would be - how much training/experience/knowledge do you have handling chemistry?

    Hope we can help, and hope you enjoy it here.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

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

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    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the reply.
    Zilch, None, Nada!
    Just a willingness to learn

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    Welcome to APUG! Looks like whoever you inherited that from was into some interesting stuff! Maybe even emulsion making!

    Enjoy your journey. It's worth the trip!

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    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

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    Thanks Jason.
    I already am!
    Can't believe it's taken me this long.

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    Wish i have some of those chemicals, i have very few and planning to buy few more and then making some soups for films.

    Enjoy learning and making your chemicals to use and then show us results.

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    Please research the chemicals before you do anyhing with them. I am no expert, but I can tell you Potassium Dichromate is particularly nasty stuff. Hazardous to both your health and others.

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    Wiki safety info on Potassium dichromate:

    Potassium dichromate is one of the most common causes of chromium dermatitis;[7] chromium is highly likely to induce sensitization leading to dermatitis, especially of the hand and fore-arms, which is chronic and difficult to treat. Toxicological studies have further illustrated its highly toxic nature. With rabbits and rodents, concentrations as low as 14 mg/kg have shown a 50% fatality rate amongst test groups. [8] Aquatic organisms are especially vulnerable if exposed, and hence responsible disposal according local environmental regulations is advised.

    As with other CrVI compounds, potassium dichromate is carcinogenic and should be handled with gloves and appropriate health and safety protection. The compound is also corrosive and exposure may produce severe eye damage or blindness.[9] Human exposure further encompasses impaired fertility, heritable genetic damage and harm to unborn children.

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    Let me second the warning against experimenting with chemicals. Since by your own admission you have no knowledge of chemistry don't experiment. Photography is about taking pictures not playing mad scientist. Look online for some developer formulas and use them. I would start with Kodak D-23 since it contains only 2 ingredients. From the chemicals you list you can make your own fixer.
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