To begin tray developing, I would suggest starting with 6, no more. Rotate thru all 6 in 30 reconds, that way, each film is "agitated" for about 5 seconds. You want to get the rotation down to 30 seconds, much like doing 35mm in a small tank, agitating every 30".
You can do more of course, but you have to get your speed up to snuff. No safelight... that's the fun of it!
The PF slosher tray looks like a good method too, but for $70 you could make something with the same capability at a much lower cost.
When using trays I use small trays (a lot of them) and max 4 negatives in each tray so that I can keep one in each corner (you don't want them on top of each other).
I respectfully disagree. Having them stacked is a perfectly normal thing and presents no problem as long as you pre-soak them to avoid sticking, and as long as you leaf through them at a constant rate.
Originally Posted by Jesper
Rick, can you explain the "Taco" method? I realize that it is not the most economical method but to process my first few sheets it is easy and daylight safe.
Originally Posted by ralnphot
I have two Arista 2-reel tanks.
To each his own. Stacking doesn't work for me but a lot of others use it.
"Leafing through them at a constant rate" gives a little too much agitation for me, but this is just my experience.
as long as you are careful and have a method
you can process as many sheets of film in a tray as your tray can handle
i regularly do 10-12 and have shuffled 30-40 sheets with no scratches or other problems ...
but it takes experience and practice ...
good luck barry !
I started out using 5x7 trays and they work well. You can shuffle your sheets in the chemicals. It takes a lot of practice. I've scratched many sheets from the lack of experience. There are also daylight tanks which I use. I have an old Yankee Agitank. I think they're OK and have gotten mixed results. I have a friend that has an HP Combi Tank. http://www.amazon.com/HP-Combi-Plan-...ies/B0000ALKEH
They work well too.
Thanks...I think I have enough info to get going. I took two shots last night of a nautilus shell and I am going to process them in a bit.
Good Afternoon, Barry,
While I have considerable admiration for those who have the skill and patience to use tray processing without getting unevenly-developed or damaged negatives, my recommendation (as many APUG members who recall my previous posts on this topic will remember) is a Chromega 8 x 10 color processing drum. It comes with separating ribs and a spacer; it's cheap, doesn't leak, requires only minimal chemical amounts, and makes 4 x 5 processing virtually foolproof. The only drawbacks are 1)four-sheet-at-a-time limitation and 2)incompatibility with stand or semi-stand processing, neither of which normally affects me.