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    Thanks!

    And that's great to hear about getting 20 rolls out of it since October. I'm starting to get worried about mine and it isn't a month old!
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    My experience with the "Arista" kit from Freestyle (Is this the same stuff relabeled?) over estimates the additional dev time per additional roll. They say to add 15% more time per roll. I was doing this and was finding that my negs were coming out WAY too dense. Since I'm not developing anything I could get sued over ruining I've been sort of "limit testing" the stuff to see how many rolls I can get per liter (I bought the 4 liter kit - mixed one liter at a time)

    I'm shooting a lot so I'm developing say.... 20+ rolls in batches within a few weeks of mixing up the chems. After I noticed that my negs were getting WAY over developed I decided a test was in order. I shot a whole roll of the same shot - awell lit page from a color design book in a product light tent. Basically made my own control strips. and cut the film into small chunks in the dark.

    I mixed up a new batch of C-41 and held onto the "old" bunch that was well on it's way to it's 20th roll of film. For a baseline I developed the fresh stuff as prescribed in the instructions and in the old stuff with an additional minute or so.

    What I found was that the stuff in the old chemistry was still really clear and had good color. It only had one real problem compared to the fresh strip. It was a little over developed. I haven't had a chance to run a second test, but I'm inclined to think that at the same times the negs might have been very close to each other in quality...

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    oops!!! I made a mistake in that post...

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    The Tetenal instructions do not say to increase the time per roll. I have increased the time somewhat just in case though I did block some highlights on one of my last rolls, the other roll in the same tank came out OK so I think using spot metering AND some exposure compensation with Fuji Superia 800 just ended up overexposed. I've only been adding a total of :30 after 15 rolls, nothing like the 15% time per roll which would have me developing for many minutes by now.

    This looks a little overcooked on the hawk right? The crow came out nicely however... once again please forgive the crummy neg scan. I need to get RA-4 to see if I can print this and get more detail out of the highlights or if I really did overcook it badly.


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    Ok so mine have only been mixed for three and a half weeks but I put another Portra 160NC 120 (expired 2005, my last one) through it and it looks great again. I only have one more roll of color film on hand, might have to get some more to use up the kit ;-)

    Actually I'm glad the 1L kit is lasting so long. I only have 1 kit left and B&H is sold out! Freestyle has 1L and 2L kits which I'd love to buy, being a sponsor and all, but unfortunately their shipping costs are too high to make it worthwhile (I did send an email to see if there is anything they can do). If I run out before B&H gets more in stock then I guess I'll have to pay it unless I can find another supplier.
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    Shipping is always steep with FS or Adorama... Any of them it seems. I'm spoiled by Amazon prime I guess...

    What I do is team up with friends and place a group order to defray shipping some. I've found that the first item seems to cost $11 to ship, but then additional (depending on size and weight...) don't seem to increase the shipping cost much, if at all. It seems to go up in steps. But even then splitting it among a few people really helps.

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    I've also been using the Tetenal kit, this shot is the 16th roll in 5 weeks roll to go though the 1L chems (4 mins dev time)


    Taken on Agfa Portrait 160 (exp 2007)
    I've disposed of them now not wanting to push my luck

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    That's why B&H are really high in my good books right now. They offer cheap Purolator shipping and from NY it gets here in 2-3 days to nearby Ontario Canada! At the moment B&H is sold out but I still have a kit that is working well and I have another 1L kit still unmixed so I can probably wait until they have it back in stock so I can buy it with $8 shipping.

    From the latest roll, 15th full roll in 3.5 weeks (the advertised 12-16 roll capacity is for 135-24 rolls, not 120/135-36 rolls for which the advertised capacity is 8-12 rolls so I'm already well over the 150% capacity, nearly at 200%). The reds, greens and blues still look good to me, density still seems good. The developer and blix are starting to look very similar so I know it is a matter of time and rolls but it still seems good so I'm not going to dump it until it takes a turn for the worse:


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    What I'm finding is that I I make a new batch when I start to run too low on Blix. For some reason it seems to leak out of the tanks that I use more so than the developer. So after a while I simply have too little Blix to make a go at it.

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    Yeah, the blix is more viscous so it doesn't just leak more, it sticks to the film, reels, tank and containers so you lose some every time yo pour it. I can't do two rolls of 120 anymore but I can still do one roll of 120 or two 35mm.
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