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    E6 issue I haven't seen before.....

    I've been developing E6 for a while, so I know about proper temperature and timing. Today I developed a roll of EPR using the Arista 3-bath Kit. I did notice that after I did the pre-wash that it water turned an ugly green/blue color, whatever, I've seen worse colors. But what startled me is that after I emptied the first developer out instead of a pale tan color it looked like strawberry cool-aide. It was bright red. I've NEVER seen that before. I went over to the wash and it kept on dumping out red tinted water, Color developer came out looking almost as red as my Blix.

    After I dumped the blix I took a look at the film and it looks VERY red, even the black borders around the frame are a black/red, film looks as though there is no blue in it at all, just washed out red and black. The only thing I can think of was when I was filling the tank with water for the prewash I bumped the faucet handle and the temp went up to 125 degrees for a few seconds.

    I last used this last week to develop some 4x5 sheets and everything came out perfect.

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    I gave up developing my own years ago and now send it all to Thompson Photo in Nashville TN, just to many problems and variables. They do great work!

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    I've done evil things to E6 chemistry but never had the issue you report here. Yes, films spit out all kinds of strong color when I prewash them, never caused any problems in the end results as far as I can tell. The "very red" you report would indicate either a light leak somewhere (camera, film tank) or a severe case of fogging from old age. I once developed 20 year old poorly stored E6 film and it came out with a strong red Dmin.
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    Load your film backwards?



 

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