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    Quote Originally Posted by debanddg
    I think there\'s an old post here where someone just made cylinders with soft mesh-like clothing [window lace curtain or similar stuff] and had put the film in such a cylinder with emulsion side inside. You can safely put a few such cylinders into your paterson tank.. can also use one-half of the supplied reel to stack such cylinders within the tank.. The results are reported to be good.
    Discarded women\'s nylons as I recall. Looked like a good idea. Provided protection and chemical flow to the back of the film at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeknom02 View Post
    Can anyone point me to a step-by-step taco method how-to, or even take the time to type one out?
    This approach worked extremely well for me before I purchased a dedicated Nikor stainless steel 4x5 tank, then later a set of water-jacketed stainless deep tanks and hangers.

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    I have done the "taco" method using the Arista Premium tank from Freestyle. Four sheets fit quite nicely using the cloth-covered elastic bands sold for holding a woman's pony-tail. The tank require quite a bit of develop to fill, but you can get around that by using a dilute developer and doing semi-stand agitation for a longer period of time. The only caution is to make sure there is adequate developer to develop the four sheets (about the same as for a roll of 35m film).

    I use HC-110 dilution G (1+119 from 6ml of syrup concentrate).


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    I can vouch for the screen mesh method. I haven't had any uneven development of my 4x5 negatives since I started using it a few years ago.

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    I prefer the burrito method. Stick film in a Unicolor print drum & chow down on a prawn burrito from El Palomar in between changing chemistry

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    Have you considered tray developing?

    No special equipment needed, you already have an 8x10 tray.
    You'll need only about ten minutes of blissful, silent dark (total dark).
    Gently rotate them bottom-to top for your standard 120 time.
    Use plenty of liquid.
    Practice first.
    Like dancing with your fingers.

    Some people swear by the method.
    Some people swear at the method.

    You'll never know till you try...

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    hay this Taco thing is not any thing new Kodak was doing it back in 1910
    to 1940s you can see the tank & holder all the time on Ebad
    as of now #390253336356 Vintage Metal Kodak Film Pack Tank 2

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    As someone already said

    I use a 3 stack 35mm stainless daylight tank and put 2 4x5's vertically. They standoff the sides nicely and have had no uneven development. Mine holds 1L of chemistry, and I fill to the top (I use rodinal, so its cheap, and generally get 4 - 6 slides out of a liter)

    I'd be one that swears AT the tray dev. method. too many scratched negs and uneven Dev.

    Plus, 15 - 30 minutes in the total dark isn't so much fun by yourself.

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