yes... but I couldn't help it... ... they work, are simple, and hold twelve negs,,
You do realize that's not helpful to the OP since he wants something different from FR tanks right?
Sometimes, are thoughts come around, and settle back at the beginning, after looking at all the other possibilities.. we find ourselves with a new attitude, about something we rejected, after seeing it in a new light and perhaps different perspective.
One On topic point, Paterson did change the length of the centre core in the Paterson tanks when they designed the "Super System 4" If you use the wrong one you will sometimes get a light leak where the top goes into the core. The Light trap does not have a light path that is as long on the super tanks as well, and works best if the funnel is down all the way and locked.
Unfortunately the older series is no longer made.
I still live just beyond the fringe in Stittsville
This would be great if it sealed... How come they don't make something like this now but for full inversion? Seems just like a JOBO / Paterson hand tank design (light baffle wise) with a better ability to hold the sheets than the MOD54.
Originally Posted by CatLABS
I've often wondered why the MOD54 doesn't have a top loading feature rather than putting it in from the side, it seems to me would make a lot more sense to sort of have it load similar to an FR tank, but still fit in a Paterson tank... Or am I the only one who doesn't see that that would make sense?
The Jobo 2509 already does exactly that.
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So I tried again with the FR this morning, and a few things I discovered.
First, I don't have the small plastic pieces that apparently come with it?
Second, I had to do math because I was only doing two sheets, not 12. No need to ruin a whole day of shooting.
Using Ilfosol 3, 1+14 would yield 100ml of developer use, which was dumb.
So I guessed and used sort of .4+14.6 (math is hard).
So dilution was not standard, but turned out to be ok for two sheets.
Printing later this week.
Spinning the box as opposed to lateral agitation seemed to produce OK results.
- J. Richard
4x5 Speed Graphic, Looking for another 8x10.
The small plastic pieces: The straight one with the slot in it is the loader. The U shaped one is theclamp that keeps the films pushed down from sliding upwards or flopping out of their slots. The square flat one is the light trap.
It's a tough tank to use, but it does work if you don't load all 12 slots, causing inadequate agitation and mixing.
No one kill me for saying this, but I've re-used Ilfsol 3 1+9 dilution up to 6 times with no ill effects, not sure how or why, but when I first started, I didn't like the idea of killing so much developer over just one roll, so I decided to test out re-using it, on the 6th run I started to notice some lessing of the overall development of the film, and higher grain, so I stopped there. I did this for a while until I switched to Rodinal which is so cheap and easy, who cares!
Originally Posted by JohnRichard
Ilfsol 3 is an under appreciated developer, it's high quality results aren't DD-X, but certainly better than HC-110/Rodinal in sharpness, However the cost is high per roll compared to HC-110/Rodinal... then again, you get what you pay for. I'm satisfied with Rodinal as my main Dev and DD-X as my "pushing Dev" for D3200 or HP5+ sheet when pushing.
Sorry got off track, anyway point is, if you're only developing 2 sheets and you keep the leftover Ilfsol 3 from last time (and it's only been about a week since you used that) then I wouldn't hesitate to use that again before dumping it. I wouldn't do this with other Dev's as I haven't tested that with other Dev's, and probably won't, I was young and foolish, but it works.
Originally Posted by Tom1956
I never had "trouble" developing with the FR, though I only did it briefly, I never had Dev issues, it's just that it takes SO much more developer than the MOD54 and the FR doesn't seal either, so the nasty fixer smell comes out in droves, and I couldn't take it... that was my main issue, it leaks when you agitate and smells bad when the fixer time comes around.
Does that reel fit in the Paterson tanks, or is it too big?
Originally Posted by CatLABS
If so I would assume those jobo rotary tank sized things take more than 1L to develop by hand? or am I wrong?