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    Nikor Cut Film Tank

    I just picked up one of these in a lot of darkroom stuff I bought. No instructions were included, but it looks pretty straightforward. Anyone have any tips for use? Maybe a scan of the instruction sheet? I plan to use it for 3x4, 9x12 and some 4x5. Thanks for any guidance tha is ourt there.

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    Congrats on your find. I've attached the instruction sheet, which will save you a lot of frustration, though by the time I managed to get the instructions, I had figured it out by trial and error.

    A few key issues that are not obvious--

    1. The film should have about 1/16" of play in the slot. Sacrifice a sheet of film or use a scrap neg to test it when you adjust the height of the reel. If you do it right, the reel will hold 12 sheets as intended. People who claim that the tank won't hold 12 sheets either have a bent reel or they haven't adjusted it right.

    2. The film goes emulsion side in.

    3. Curve the sheet in the direction of the reel when loading and it should slip right in, if you've adjusted the height properly.

    4. If you are missing the metal band, you might use a rubber band to make sure the sheets don't slip out during development.

    5. The tank holds 1200 ml. Fill time is a bit slow, so you might fill the tank and insert the reel and put on the cap in the dark, then proceed with the lights on.

    6. If you're using one of the East European films with a soft emulsion, take care when removing the sheets to avoid scratches.
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    Your either going to love it or hate it - there doesn't seem to be anything in between. Just follow the directions and you shouldn't have any problems. It's one of the few tanks that accomodates all formats. If you wanted to buy one off of EBAY your going to pay at least $150US.

    Regards
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    Thanks David, that is exactly what I was looking for.

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    Nikor cut film tank

    I was given one of these in a box full of old, musty items bought at auction for near nothin
    Had to have sat in a basement for decades and then presumably the gentleman -Kodak employee and photographer- died

    Thing is pretty neat. Had never seen one before or heard of
    Holds 12 sheets of 4x5 or whatever format you may have



    My questions
    Does it work well or simply better than other cut film tanks?
    Seems easy to load

    Any idea on # produced?
    Why are they rare?

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    I have one and love it. From what I hear it's much better than the other varieties, and takes a lot less liquid to fill it. It's best if you take an old neg and adjust the height before processing as it's easy to bump it out of line.
    Gary Beasley

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    In case you don't have the instructions check out this previous thread for some more information on the tank.
    I have one and use it for 4x5 but it is nice to have the option to adjust it for other formats as well.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/3...film-tank.html

    Gord

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    thanks for that instruction sheet up there lol

    I use Paterson for 35 and some 120 finding them not only easier to load but in keeping spillage down
    How does one keep the solutions from pouring out of SS tanks?
    I have Nikor and numerous whatever other tanks and reels and caps and they all seem to leak

    They look nice all polished up and in a group, though

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    They leak. End of story. You have to work over a sink and wear gloves if you don't want drips everywhere. Some tanks are worse than others depending on how well matched the lids are to the bottoms. I have some that barely leak and others that gush. For short timed processes like C41 I prefer to dip n dunk in an open tank in the dark with each step in a separate tank. I agitate with the little wire dipsticks you can get with them lifting the reels up and down in the tank.
    Gary Beasley

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