Morgan, I'm in the midst of a very focused photo project and have not yet used my 4X5 processor. I haven't shot any 4X5 film, however that should change by the end of next month and when it does it will be getting used. Bill Barber
Originally Posted by MOD_Photographic
Morgan, I'm afraid the limited number of people who have used your product is adversely affecting sales. Perhaps you should send me one n/c so I can get a glowing review up for you.
Just got back in town last night, and I found my MOD 4x5 insert had arrived in the mail.
I opened it this afternoon, and my first impression is good. I haven't used it yet, but it appears to be pretty well thought out and constructed.
It's made from what appears to be laser cut, or at least CNC cut acrylic, and the plastic joints are solvent bonded. There are no burrs on any edges, and unit is reasonably stiff and sturdy.
My gut feeling is that it will be pretty straightforward to load once I practice a minute. It's an open throat design, so there's no need to feed the film into any kind of tiny slot.
For use in a Patterson tank - the design intention - I expect it will become a standard tool in the 4x5 LF world pretty rapidly. I think this is the ticket. And I don't see why a 5x7 version isn't simple enough to make as well. By my estimates one can get at least 2 5x7 sheets, and perhaps 4 if interleaving can be figured out, into the same space.
I have doubts it will work well in a rotary processor because the hydrodynamic pressure on the edge of the sheet will be too high for the sheet to remain in the catch. But for inversion processing it should be excellent. But, as I said, that is outside the design scope.
Now, let me go shoot a few sheets and try this puppy out.
I've just ordered one of these. As I already use Paterson tanks for 135 and 120, and like how quickly the tanks can be filled and drained, this seems like the best alternative for me now that I've moved back into the LF world. I'm looking forward to trying it out, and will report back with results.
Michael, have you had a chance to use the reel yet?
Not yet. I won't be back home until the weekend.
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If you come up with a 5x7" version I would be very much interested in it.
You really should mention in the title of the item that reel also fits the more common 4x5" film Title is what most people use for finding items in eBay.
I've been thinking about it and sort of trying it out, but that extra inch makes it much more complicated. without getting to technical about it, the sheets would be curved beyond 45 degrees, which would make them have to fixed in place and not rely on tension. Terrible description, but it amazing what an inch can do to design (no pun intended).
Originally Posted by verney
The 4x5 or 5x4 description, i thought depended which side of the pond your on. Normally 4x5 is an American term and 5x4 European, but as your in Finland that's completely thrown that idea.
Originally Posted by michaelbsc
Looking forward to your thoughts and results. Something which i will add to my very basic instructions is that I do invert the tank.
Alot of people ask me this.
I recently bought 2. Didn't have time to shoot until now.
This is just a Magic bullet :
1)So easy to load, no need to try, first load perfect fit. A breeze.
2)Easy fill and dump which is the (unique..I hate their reels) quality of Paterson tank.
3)PERFECT neg with gentle agitation and inversion.
It's the ideal system for small runs and Pyro dev in daylight tank.
Basically one dries when I use the other one.
Casual shoot with Graflex on the streets of L.A meaning 6 sheets per day.
It's a no brainer.
Thanks very much. Glad your finding it useful.
Originally Posted by Guillaume Zuili