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    Kodak E6 Kit vs Arista E6 kit

    I did a search and could not find any info. Any significant differences, (quality, ease of use) between the two kits? I just acquired a Jobo CPE2 and would like to try processing slide film. I've done quite a bit of b&w but never color. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    The Arista kit is a three solution process using a blix, probably similar to the Tetnal three solution kit. The Kodak kit is a six solution process. PE has noted that blix does not work properly with Ektachrome film. My own experience with the Tetnal kits is that the slides turn out noticeably darker, and some are now showing color shifts after only six or seven years. I would go for the Kodak kit for important or lasting work.

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    It's a trade-off between quality and time basically. You spend more time mixing with the Kodak E-6 and have to deal with more solutions and steps, but it has better quality and is more reliable. Kodak E-6 is also cheaper per roll than the 3-bath kits. Pretty easy decision if you value your photos.

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    Quality matters more then time, so the choice is an easy one. Thanks for the information.
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    I have a CPE-2 and the Kodak E-6 5L kit... been very happy with the results! Do it! Seeing your personally developed positives is super rewarding

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    I have just finished bulk processing the equivalent of 23, 36 exposure, 35mm rolls of E6 with the Arista 1 pint kit, recommended capability, 4, 36 exposure rolls, I plan on running another 10 rolls through it with an additional minute of developer time. The results are as good or better than any professional service I could have gotten at 1/10 or less the price. I am switching to the Kodak 5l however for the sole purpose of any incremental quality increase I will pay for, regardless if I can see it or not, especially if it's just cents a roll tacked onto 50 cents. It is peace of mind. I would not hesitate to use the Arista product again though.
    My evaluation of the Unicolor C41 kit is similar if you exclude the God aweful Stabilizer, which is a disaster in my experience. I could have washed the negatives in sewer water and been better off. I surmise this will work better, I've ordered some Final Rinse to replace the stabilizer/muck they include.

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    So you are saying that you basically used the Arista 1-pint kit, for 23 rolls instead of the recommended 4 rolls and saw good quality? You didn't change the time significantly over the 23 rolls?

    It's a lot more economical that way, than for 4 rolls.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I ended up ramping up the time significantly for the last two batches of 12 4x5 sheets and 2 rolls, to about 9 minutes for the final 2 rolls of 120. The s**nner:o is running as we speak so I'll post some first and last comparisons probably tomorrow. I'll give an actual count of what I processed as well. I am very surprised the chemistry held up the way it did. I processed over 6 days with a Jobo ATL2300.

    On edit so I don't forget. The final count is 20 35mm roll equivalents of 135 and 120, plus 32 4x5 sheets. All, Fuji Velvia 50, 100, Provia 100, 400x, or Kodak 100VS.

    This shot is out the last 12 shot batch of 4x5 on 100VS...

    Linky to 1000pixel version
    Last edited by stealthman_1; 06-14-2009 at 01:35 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nworth View Post
    PE has noted that blix does not work properly with Ektachrome film.
    Please enlighten me!
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    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    Does the Arista kit chemically re-expose?
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