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    Never Give Up - Dev Tank Opened Accidentally

    Last week I was trying to rush through a roll at lunchtime, and after finally getting the hang of spooling Rollei Pan25 in the dark, when I went to add water for the presoak, I opened the top of the tank just long enough to see the spool before I slammed the lid back on.

    The room was pretty sunny, and I was close to tossing the roll in the garbage. I continued on mostly as I obviously need more practice at this.

    I was surprised that I had images, and a couple were good (by my admittedly low standards). I am sure if this was a fast film I would have been done for, and maybe those new low UV transmission windows helped a bit.

    Here is an example of one that still had some usable image even though a bit got blasted, and one that survived mostly intact. More images on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ieblog/...7623540717077/ (all those labeled Rollei Pan25 were exposed to this particular error).
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    Last edited by Randy_Va; 03-21-2010 at 08:15 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: clarity

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    I've had students manage every possible screw-up developing film and it always surprises me just how many times they'll get useable negs. I've made my share of screw-ups too, like pouring stock Indicator stop in a tank.

    As slow as ISO 25 seems sometimes when shooting that little nip sure does show.

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    Jeez, I wish I had a dollar for every oops I've done. I did a similar boo-boo a couple of months ago. I went to pop the small lid off my tank, and the large one came up instead. It pays to hold lids when opening stainless tanks, the little guys stick ocassionally.

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    Never work under pressure or you screw up.

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    Don't need pressure to screw up. Just forget you had spooled some 135 onto spools and left them in the tank until you come back a couple of weeks later. OOPS!
    Thank you.
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    I always stick a piece of gaffer tape from the lid to the tank whenever there is film in the tank, and I always remove the tape and place it over the little cap when there is not. Kind of like a dark slide code (silver or black side).

    White gaffer tape is good, 'cause you can write notes on it. Sometimes I will load up a few tanks and/or load them up to be precessed at a later time. The notes help for this.
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    Just makes you realize how bright it needs to be to expose 25 ASA film...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberiustibz View Post
    Just makes you realize how bright it needs to be to expose 25 ASA film...
    And how bright you need to be to not....

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    For a bit I thought I was only bright enough for a camera phone.

    Although as with everything it seems I need to make every possible mistake at least once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    I always stick a piece of gaffer tape from the lid to the tank whenever there is film in the tank...
    THANKS!!!
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