In the Darkroom Cookbook and in the film developing cookbook Anchell writes about sensitizing film by hydrogen peroxide steaming. It should give more shadowdetail offcourse but should also give a unique quality to the lowlight images. He recommends stainless steel tanks for the steaming and I have tried to build up some pressure in my Paterson tank but naturally the lid popped of so that might be it. Before I try to make or get a steamer I would like to know if any one have tried this and if so could you recommend the method ?
For those who don't know the method:
Pushprocess film in D-76, XTOL or FX 37.
After development, rinse in plain water.
Place the film on top of two 135 reels or one 120 reel in a tank (airtight) containing 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide
Bring it to 40-43 C/105-110 F (water bath) and let it steam for 10min.
Svirl, don't invert 10sec every min. Dont splash the H2O2 on the film.
transfer the film to a dry tank and let it stand for 5 min.
Rinse with 5 tanks of water. Fix and wash as usual.
offcourse all handling of the film is in the dark.
For further explanation read the chapters in the books.
Kind regards Søren