So, some of you might remember that I recently picked up some out of date Kodak Technical Pan film at a flea market and was wondering how to develop it. I do have a small Paterson tank system, so I shot the first roll a week or so ago and got so frustrated trying to load it onto the reel that I ended up throwing it out and going to the kitchen where I drowned my sorrows in orange juice!! Well, ok, I did put a bit of ginger ale in with the OJ for effect,
Anyway, being the reasoneable, patient saint of a human being that I am, I thought to myself - "self?, it's just film - if other folks can get it onto the roll, you can too" ...
Sooo..... today I exposed another roll and this time I was able to get the ^&^$#*!!! stuff onto the reel, whereupon I decide that I should throw all caution to the wind and experiment with developers. In keeping with that spirit of adventure, I mixed 250ml of Adams variant D23 with 250ml of borax extender (same stuff that I use for my D-D23 in 8x10), and soaked my Tech Pan in it for 6 minutes, agitating for 15 seconds every minute - yeah, I know - nuts eh?
Well .... it worked. I stopped it after 6 minutes with a 60 second bath of kodak indicator stop and then fixed it for 5 minutes with Ilford rapid fix and then washed the film for 30 minutes in running water
The photos look GREAT!!! This was the first roll through my $20.00 auction sale Franka Bonafix and I gotta say I'm quite pleased.
So ... D23 mixed with Borax works to develop Tech Pan