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    Jobo Multi tanks and Expert tanks are easily obtainable. DIY roller bases are easy to make. Fair bit out there on Google.

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    JOBO # 2590n is very much in production: http://www.jobo.com/System-Tanks-2500.853.0.html it takes 6 sheets at once.

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    I'm amazed it took 3 pages for someone to mention the Jobo 2590n. That's like the go-to tank for multi-sheet daylight processing of 4x5 film, used with or without the corresponding motorized processor. If you can get one with the loader base, its pretty awesome. On the flip side, if you've got hands that aren't freakishly small, they're easy enough to load up on their own. You just have to be patient with yourself. I've used them a number of times and haven't had a single issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Which version of the Paterson tanks are you using?

    I use the current Paterson Super System 4 tanks and regularly load them one night and actually develop the film a day or two later.

    I have had one tank, however, where the red ring that is integral to the locking of the lid (not the cap) was loose at a couple of points. A small amount of strategically placed adhesive re-attached that red ring.
    I ordered the bundle, so my Mod54 came with a new Super System 4 tank. It locks. The red ring seems really tight. The lid is tight and hard to get on. As far as I can tell, everything is normal. My other Paterson tanks are System 4, so I haven't seen another Super System 4. Unfortunately, they're either too big or too small to use for 4x5. I've thought about getting another Mod54 so I can use the bigger tank, but I need a much larger changing bag if I'm going to load it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WetMogwai View Post
    I just remembered one processing problem I had with the Mod 54, but it wasn't the reel's fault. The Paterson tank isn't perfectly light tight, so it can have light leaks if you don't have the lid on. It can handle subdued light with the lid off. I use the safelight any time I have the lid off.
    I process in normal room light with no fogging issues. I use both the MOD54 (for 4x5) and the Yankee daylight tank (for 2.25x3.25). One of the things that I discovered about the MOD54 the first time I used it is that the tank is not light proof without using the Paterson center reel support inserted into the MOD54. Give that a test if you are not already doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WetMogwai View Post
    I just remembered one processing problem I had with the Mod 54, but it wasn't the reel's fault. The Paterson tank isn't perfectly light tight, so it can have light leaks if you don't have the lid on. It can handle subdued light with the lid off. I use the safelight any time I have the lid off.
    Are you sure you had the centre column of the Super System 4 tank in when you were using the MOD54, it does still need to be installed even with the MOD54, if so you either have a defective tank or have somehow misloaded it.

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    Forgive me but what is a "FR tank"?

    Also, the only thing I will ever use to soup 4x5 is a 3010 Expert Drum, anything else has been a waste of time and film for me. The 3010's are not cheap but neither was all the film I hosed with inferior methods, especially considering time, food and gas money.

    At first I used the 3010 drum on a Beseler motor base. I was so happy with the results that I now use a Jobo CPP2 and have two 3010 drums. But that's just me, I need professional results, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    MOD54 and Paterson tank is really the only IN PRODUCTION item.
    All Jobo 4X5 tanks are in production, and readily available.
    There are various used options for same or less $$ then MOD54, but none of the possible problems.

    No need for a Jobo machine to use a Jobo drum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Bray View Post
    Are you sure you had the centre column of the Super System 4 tank in when you were using the MOD54, it does still need to be installed even with the MOD54, if so you either have a defective tank or have somehow misloaded it.
    I am using the column. Maybe I should look into finding another tank. I guess that's a good idea anyway since I prefer the lid of the System 4 to the Super System 4. Looks like I have an excuse to visit the local camera stores today and I won't be confusing everyone by looking for something strange like I did last time!



 

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