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    Glass or Plastic?

    Just getting back into film developing after a hiatus and am re-equipping to some degree. Any thoughts on whether glass or plastic graduated cylinders, for chemical mixing, are preferable? I used to use plastic, and remember them getting brittle and "fogging" up a bit, but perhaps today's plastics are better?

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    Plastic won't shatter if you drop it. Just keep them clean.
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    I try not to use glass in the darkroom, if you drop a glass container it will break and can easily cause injuries. Plastic or metal containers will not present such risks.

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    I've used exactly one glass container in the darkroom, it was an older jar of chemistry. Nothing bad happened, but it sure made me nervous when I had to pour from it. We have dozens of ancient plastic graduates in the college darkroom where I teach, that were in use when I was a student there twenty years ago (and were already old then). They still work fine.

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    Plastic.
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    I use both, never had a problem dropping and breaking glass, however, I have more plastic probably because easier to buy.. Glass is easier to clean but that does not matter if you rinse plastic immediately.
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    I usually use plastic in case I drop them.

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    I use both. I used what was available at the time (100 years ago, I think), one glass one for developer, and two plastic ones for stop and fix. And I always use the same graduates for the same component: reduces the importance of cleaning

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    If not being dropped, i believe glass will last way longer. You shouldn't be in a hurry when printing anyway.
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    And I recently boght a set of Plastic Graduaded cilinders from an e-bay seller and ened up throwing them out as they did not seem to give anywhere close to the same volume as my Old Glass Cyclinder that I harvested out of the Garbage at my High School in the 1960's - it was thrown out as the base was broken, but has enough left of the base that it stands well, and the break has not propogated after all these years

    The Glass ones I got at the same time as the plastic one did corespond in measure, so they were well worth the extra cost.
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