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    Help, Anyone using Arista E-6 kits, any comments or tips?

    My old Kodak E-6 kit was no good, seems like the Arista E-6 three step kit appears to be the only one left in my price range. Is (or has) anyone been using it? Any comments, or tips, would be helpful. I have some Fuji Velvia 100f 4x5 and several rolls of RVP 135, plus some assorted rolls of 120 E-6 film that I plan on processing in it.
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    Haven't used it yet myself but plan to get the kit and try it this weekend!

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    Please post your results and comments here, if you would, I'm anxious to see how it works.
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    I have used it, and it works great, but be sure to use it up quickly after you mix it up. Unlike B&W developer this stuff will go bad quite quickly once it is mixed.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
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    Being an ex Navy Aviator, I too salute your son. Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightwisps View Post
    Being an ex Navy Aviator, I too salute your son. Don
    Thank you Don. Though I am proud of ALL my kids, he is the apple of my eye.
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    Seemed straightforward to me.

    Ran my first two rolls through the Arista E6 kit on Sunday. Mixed it up using 105 degree water, put the newly mixed chems in my GE countertop roaster - excuse me, temperature-controlled water bath - and processed in a Paterson 3-reel per directions. Both rolls of Astia 100F (220) came out looking fine, at least to my untrained eye.

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    very good! Now, how about any quirks with mixing? Do you think it will stay fresh between uses for any length of time? I would like to know if I have to shoot a pile of color all at once or if I can spread it out at whim.
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    Mixing was simple, I just followed the directions. No quirks I can think of. I will say that it was fun watching the various solutions change colors as they were mixed.

    As for how long they'll keep, I don't know. I put them in PETE bottles compressed down to eliminate airspace. Next time I use 'em and have the bottles emptied temporarily, I'll pop 'em back into shape and fill the extra volume with the marbles my wife brought home for me. But I've got enough film to process that I'm worried more about exhausting them than keeping them. And I don't have any previous experience with the kit to rely upon.

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    I used it my first time doing home E6 about 18 months back maybe.

    It was quite good with Provia and I ended up pushing capacities a bit.
    I didn't use it up all that fast either. I'd have to consult the chromes to get the data recorded but I think I used it over a good 4 months in tightly FULL plastic bottles ( pet 1 I think)

    I think I had the 1 litre kit and broke it down into 2x 16 ouncers.
    I don't want to post capacities until I find my notes.
    I'll see if I have any digital manifestations of the actual chromes also.

    I think you'll like it and it was straightforward.
    We don't have much choice now anyway.

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