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    Making a 4x5 "expert" style tank

    I am forever waiting on a Jobo setup....

    After looking at the expert drums online, here is my thoughts:

    get (find my old) tall patterson tank.

    install as many round pvc tubes that will fit in the tank.
    tubes I figure to cut some slots/drill holes for the chemistry to move about.

    thoughts ?

    the more I think about this, it seems a really good way to go and save a LOT of money!

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    Search for "taco."
    It may be a little easier than what you are suggesting and there will be support from a number of people that use that method in a daylight film or paper drum.

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    thanks kindly

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    I got this on ebay from Morgan (mod photographic). Works like a charm in a five reels Paterson tank. Takes a couple of practice runs to load the sheets in the dark but otherwise it is a breeze to process six sheets.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_2776wt_1141

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    Quote Originally Posted by bspeed View Post
    get (find my old) tall patterson tank.

    install as many round pvc tubes that will fit in the tank.
    tubes I figure to cut some slots/drill holes for the chemistry to move about.

    thoughts ?
    I started down exactly the path you describe above. I finally ended up here.

    Eventually I threw in the towel and purchased a pristine Nikor 4x5 tank on the evil auction site. Then I went 8x10 and put together a nice used four-tank, water-jacketed Arkay hanger processing line and picked up half a dozen 4-up 4x5 hangers.

    But processing quality-wise those little plastic 4x5 taco cages were easily the equal of them all.

    Ken
    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    The inner tubes of an Expert tank are not cylinders, they ae barrel shaped.
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