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    Thanks, I don't have a darkroom, nor any room I can darken
    My negs look okay, but I am not wet printing
    Will try the tilt trick

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    Try practicing with just water, you should be able to fill most 2-35/1-120 tanks in 10 seconds or less.

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    If you practice tilting a 1 x 120 (2 x35mm) tank can be filled in 4-5sec. Which is the same as paterson tank (I have measured). But Patterson tanks do drain much faster. A 2 x 120 tank takes me 8sec to fill.

    Also check the amount of developer you need to use. The smaller the amount you need to pour in, the faster it will be.

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    15 seconds is negligible compared to 10 minutes but it's significant compared to three minutes. So if you're worried about filling time affecting your film, you could choose a developing method that requires more developing time.

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    As long as you always use the same tanks and it always takes about the same amount of time to fill them, you will have consistent results, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexipike View Post
    As long as you always use the same tanks and it always takes about the same amount of time to fill them, you will have consistent results, right?
    Like consistently uneven development?

    It takes me about 30 seconds to fill my 2x120 SS tank. In a ten minute developing time that could definitely account for visibly uneven development in areas of uniform tonality.

    That is why I never pour developer in through the hole in the cap.
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    Tilt the tank of course, but if you have a really large tank, it makes sense to fill in the dark and lower the reels in on a rod. If you have a tank with an old stainless lid, you might get a new plastic Kindermann lid. Those fill faster.
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    When you fill the tank it is right side up. When you empty it it is inverted. All the film gets the same time in the soup either way. I think you might be overthinking this a little.

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    Stainless tanks- how to fill faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    When you fill the tank it is right side up. When you empty it it is inverted. All the film gets the same time in the soup either way. I think you might be overthinking this a little.
    No. When one gets uneven development in areas of uniform tonality, you examine each step. Not pouring the developer into the loaded tank helped me overcome that issue.

    Instead I lower the film into an already full tank.
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    If uneven development is an issue. He just didn't mention that. That's all.

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