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    HP5 Plus problems

    I started trying to develop black and white film a few months ago, I shoot it when ever I can. I've developed around 4 or 5 rolls so far but every time I do it I get some slides with silver blotches. It is un-avoidable for me. I am using all of the recomemded times for the ilfotech DD-X developer and stop bath, fixer ect. Is it bad loading into the spool (plastic ones btw) or what?

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    When you say "silver blotches", do you mean silver-colored (shiny) blotches, or blotches of image silver (which would look black)?

    If you've got an image that shows the issue---maybe just a snapshot of the film strip---that would help with diagnosis.

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    It is silver-colored blotches that show up silver on the negative.
    and ill get that snap shot, ill post it here when i get it.
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    The first slide has silver screen over it for some reason.
    Last edited by tyqre; 11-20-2012 at 05:41 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Are you washing properly and using photoflo?The negatives,not yourself!

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    haha umm i guess im not using photoflo, just the dev, stop bath and fixer. and i forgot to add it is on other slides as well, not just that frame.

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    What condition is the camera?
    It's hard to tell but those could be light leaks from the back or hinge area of the back but I'm only guessing.

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    You may not be fixing the negatives long enough or the film is loaded improperly on the reel allowing the film to buckle and touch adjacent film wound on the reel. Take the film strip with the blotch and refix it for 3 minutes or so and see if the problem disappears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    What condition is the camera?
    It's hard to tell but those could be light leaks from the back or hinge area of the back but I'm only guessing.
    the cameras was in great condition.im pretty confident its my developing because when i get my color film developed professionally they come out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysamson View Post
    You may not be fixing the negatives long enough or the film is loaded improperly on the reel allowing the film to buckle and touch adjacent film wound on the reel. Take the film strip with the blotch and refix it for 3 minutes or so and see if the problem disappears.
    Ok, ill try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyqre View Post
    the cameras was in great condition.im pretty confident its my developing because when i get my color film developed professionally they come out great.
    Okay, good deduction.
    My next guess would be similar to gary about loading the reels.
    It's easy when starting out to misload the film and if the film touches itself, the chemistry cant get to that part.

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