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    Developing trays - all the same?

    One of the things on my 'to get' list is a set of three plastic developing trays for 11x14 prints. I am aware of three brands, namely, Arista, Paterson, and Yankee. Do you have preferences among these or other brands and, if so, why? Thanks,
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    I like the flat bottomed Cesco trays myself. They're white and they get stained but that's just cosmetics and I don't care about that. I don't print much at any one time, so I don't need a lot of volume to counter exhaustion. These trays work well with as little as 1L of solution. Less waste. I like that.
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    I like the Cesco dimpled bottom trays. I develop sheet film and they work well.

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    Cesco - they make several grades, get the ones with the shiny finish. The ones with the mat finish adsorb chemicals, and of course they stain.

    I haven't used the Paterson, but Paterson as a rule makes very high quality gear.
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    I like and use the Paterson trays.
    Very rigid, nice deep grooves in the bottom and come in different colors.
    Can't say I have ever used any others even though I have a set of 8x10 no name, 11x14 Kodak with flat bottom and used to have a set of stainless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theo43 View Post
    One of the things on my 'to get' list is a set of three plastic developing trays for 11x14 prints. I am aware of three brands, namely, Arista, Paterson, and Yankee. Do you have preferences among these or other brands and, if so, why? Thanks,
    Ted
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    I have used the same Paterson trays for many years.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    The Yankee trays I have are hard plastic and come in various colors including black, yellow, red and white. I like them best for film development with a slosher.

    For paper, I prefer Patterson trays which have recessed grooves on the bottom which help with agitating and picking up prints from the tray. They also have a pouring spout on one corner. I like the 14x17 size for 8x10 and 11x14 paper. Works good with 2000 ml of solution.

    For larger trays for 16x20 and 20x24, I use the Cesco trays.

    I agree that the glossy surfaces are good for trays. No matter which brand, keep them clean.
    Jerold Harter MD

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    The Cesco trays are good, my favorite is the Kodak trays, don't know if still available. Got some used, like new.
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    My 20x24 Paterson tray came by special order through my local store. It's very nice; I don't regret paying $110 for it. I use it for singe-tray processing. It's made of thick, smooth polypropylene, something likely to last 50 years.

    Larry, Kingston, Ont.

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    These trays, available from Henry's, are probably similar to the Paterson trays, which are good:

    http://www.henrys.com/webapp/wcs/sto...1&itemID=42208

    The Cesco trays with dimpled bottoms look good to me, because they appear to stack very well and store in a very small space.

    Matt

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