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    Quick Flexicolor question

    I'm using the Flexicolor kit from Photographer's Formulary for the first time. The instructions mention no rinse between developer and bleach. I don't plan to discard as I go (tank development) so I will be reusing the chemicals. Will it harm the negs if I do a 3x 100F wash between developer and bleach?

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    Nope.
    I do a rinse between dev/bleach to reduce carryover.
    I've done easily 50 rolls using this method with flexicolor without problems.

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    I prefere a 2% acetic/citric acid stop followed by a 2 min wash step after developer.

    You get 2 advantages doing this, better (lower)Dmin. and no overdeveloped bottom layers (in comparison to the other layers) due simple rinse.

    Regards, Stefan

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    Alright, thanks much. I'll keep the 2% acetic acid in mind. Any experience on the number of 120/135x36 rolls per 500 ml? I just finished 2 and 3, respectively.

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    I rinse in order to preserve the bleach, since it's the most expensive and longest-lived component.

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    Kodak recommends no rinse between the developer and bleach. They do recommend a 1$ - 1# acetic acid stop if you feel it is necessary for uniformity and the prevention of carryover.

    PE

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    OK, a bit of a problem. I processed (1) a roll of 135x24 Fujicolor 400, (2) a 120 roll of Reala, (3) a roll of 120 Ektar, (4) two rolls of 135x36 Portra 400 simultaneously, and (5) a roll of 120 Superia 400. All came out well except for the two rolls of Portra (4). They have a brown color to the film mask. Is it bad to process two rolls at once? I used 500 ml in a Patterson System IV tank.

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    Tony, are you evaluating the mask color when dry?

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    No, looked at them after they were dry.

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    Ummm, Tony, your answer does not match the question.

    So, moving on, a brown color can come from evaluating wet negatives, negatives that are underfixed, or negatves that are underbleached. (or all of these).

    PE

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