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    Doing E6 slide development yourself

    Is it hard to do the E6 development yourself for rollfilm (velvia)?
    I see that freestyle has an arista E6 kit available.

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    Its almost the same as B&W, just different chemicals, warmer water, and you have to agitate the film a little more. Mix up the chemicals with distilled water and they should keep for around 2-3 months, maybe longer but I haven't risked it. The kit lays out all the details. If you are experienced with B&W development you will have no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Jan
    Is it hard to do the E6 development yourself for rollfilm (velvia)?
    I see that freestyle has an arista E6 kit available.
    Surprisingly easy, even in small tanks (use a bucket of water for temperature control) but even easier with a CPE2.

    Kits are also available from Tetenal which may be cheaper for European postage.

    Cheers,

    Roger (www.rogerandfrances.com)

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    Thanks james.

    Are there any (large) differences between the developers of e6?

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    I'm not positve on this but I think they get the kits from Tetenal. You can buy Tetanal kits in Europe. I would think the shipping would be much cheaper.

    http://www.tetenal.co.uk/acatalog/COLORTEC__E_6.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Jan
    Thanks james.

    Are there any (large) differences between the developers of e6?
    I don't think so. I thinks its pretty much the same type of developer for all E6 processes so there would be a standard between labs. Others on this site would know for sure.

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    Last edited by jmailand; 09-08-2006 at 05:14 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: spelling

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    Tetenal '3-bath' kits give instructions for varying colour balance via pH of colour dev; some others don't. And 'real' E6 is 6-bath though plenty (including me) are perfectly happy with 3-bath. Actually it's 4-bath: first dev, colour dev, bleach/fix, stabilize. Stabilizer is nominally optional but a very good idea.

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    I've started doing my own E6 due to a lack of good local labs that can handle anything larger than 35mm. It's surprisingly easy with a CPE2 and a Tetenal kit. Even the 5x7" slides come out great from my paper drums, the only reason I haven't tried even larger films is that it's hard to find Ektachrome in 24x30cm.
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    I use with good results the JOBO E6 kit. Easy handling and superb quality. Self life of the chemicals are also great.
    harry

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    I do E6 with Agfa, butwill obviously have to change suppliers pretty soon. It is easy and rewarding though.

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