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    Accordian bottles?

    Anyone have a good source for air free (collapsable) storage bottles? I can't seem to find them anywhere perhaps I'm just using the wrong keywords?

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    I was recommended against using them in my early days (But for the life of me I dont remember what the reasoning actually was), but I know freestyle photo stock them, under the Air-Evac brand. Where in the world are you located?
    The Analogue Laboratory, or 'so you built a darkroom in an old factory in the industrial zone'.
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    You could have mine for free but they are in the UK, and I'm in Turkey

    I really don't recommend them, mine (Jobo type) came with a job lot of darkroom gear I bought in 2000, I can't see any particular benefits over regular bottles for the solutions I store.

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    FreeStyle has them. They also are a sponsor here.

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    Thanks for all the links.

    I don't use the darkroom frequently and I wanted some for storing paper developer and possibly C-41 chemicals to try and extend the life a little.

    Since posting this thread I also found this company: http://www.2spi.com/catalog/photo/air-evac.shtml Does anyone have experience buying from them? Nothing against the forum sponsor but they are half the price from 2spi and when ordering a half dozen or so the difference adds up quick.

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    C41 chemistry has a very limited life once made up, so it's best to process in batches.

    At those prices just take a chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleath View Post
    I was recommended against using them in my early days (But for the life of me I dont remember what the reasoning actually was), but I know freestyle photo stock them, under the Air-Evac brand. Where in the world are you located?
    Thanks I'll add them to the list.

    The only reason I've heard against using the collapsable bottles is they don't clean out as well. I have no idea how true that is, I would imagine some hot water and agitation would get it clean enough if the tank is not being reused for a different chemical (which I would never do anyway).

    Edit: I'm in Central NJ, USA. I thought it was in my profile I'll update thanks!
    Last edited by PeteZ8; 06-17-2009 at 11:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Just tried to cash out at SPI, $50 minimum order

    I don't need that many.

    Thanks for all the replies! I'll check out Freestyle.

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    You need to mark them very well, fixer doesn't wash out very well as you get plating on the sides and sulphurising. My problem was the tops are always very good and didn't seal properly.

    Ian

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    I thought they seemed like a good idea until I saw that they were made out of thin HDPE. I think glass would be better, even with the extra air space. Just my opinion. Also you can squeeze PET bottles to get pretty much all the air out of them, but then they don't stand up very well.
    f/22 and be there.

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