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    Old news...new to me

    I had a eureka moment in the darkroom today. I was cleaning up after mixing some new printing chemistry when I happened to notice the empty Ilford Fixer bottle (1 litre) that I'd just washed out and put aside looked suspiciously like the Jobo bottle I happened to set it beside.

    I needed an extra Jobo bottle the other day and was lucky in having some old ones from an old CPP I'd bought from JDC a few years back when he left Vancouver. But the fact is now filed away for future reference.

    Had it dawned on me, I would have searched here and LFF and found this fact had been reported years ago, and not had my moment. But I didn't.

    The Ilford bottle has a bit smaller opening (~36mm vs. 42mm for the Jobo), but otherwise it seems about the same - it even fits just as well into the water bath positions of my CPA.

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    IMHO , Square bottles are more ergonomic , I always disliked them. Photography is about continious tones generally and square does not feel good. I loved big round bottles , I dont like square glass bottles also. Ilford bottles looks like milk or juice bottles and they are good for stacking in markets or safer transportation but these two dont interest me.
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    Everyone who's opinion matters knows that you get much better contrast and tonality from developer which is kept in octagonal bottles!


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    I've heard that hexagonal bottles give you more shadow detail and prevent the highlights from blocking :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    IMHO , Square bottles are more ergonomic , I always disliked them. Photography is about continious tones generally and square does not feel good. I loved big round bottles , I dont like square glass bottles also. Ilford bottles looks like milk or juice bottles and they are good for stacking in markets or safer transportation but these two dont interest me.

    Straight cut film with rectangular shaped negatives must get you down. Stay away from 6x6 format, the square is particularly tone disrupting. :-)

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    I shoot 6x6, so I have to use chemistry from square bottles, if I use round bottles I get vignetting...
    "Art is is a picture of some dude I never met smoking under a lamppost at 6400 ISO and in BW."

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    You are all wrong! Dodecahedronal bottles produce the smoothest tonal changes of any bottle shape, and are beautiful to just sit and stare at...endlessly...for.....hours....
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    There's no rational reason to prefer round bottles. I like the square ones. The only thing I don't like is that the Ilford bottle apparently leak air. I lost over half a bottle of Harman WT developer finding that out. Now when I open one I immediately pour into other bottles.

    I'd certainly use them for extra tempering bottles for my Jobo though, if I needed any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A View Post
    You are all wrong! Dodecahedronal bottles produce the smoothest tonal changes of any bottle shape, and are beautiful to just sit and stare at...endlessly...for.....hours....
    Now that we've completely and needlessly hijacked the OPs thread ... I bet dodechadrenal bottles that are half-full produce better tonal changes and ranges than ones that are half-empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Rahman View Post
    Now that we've completely and needlessly hijacked the OPs thread ... I bet dodechadrenal bottles that are half-full produce better tonal changes and ranges than ones that are half-empty.
    Hmm... I'll have to run the appropriate tests to verify findings.
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