I'm looking at the prices here (Aus prices for local stock, but B&H is similar, but cheaper for some things, different bleach options and sizes etc). Though your 5L tetenal kits in the U.S. are fairly inexpensive.
$88 for Dev Replenisher, $11 for starter (20L of replenisher, and 500mL of starter iirc, which uses 50mL per litre of dev iirc)
$253 for 8L of bleach (which is used straight, not diluted).
$187 for 8L of fixer (again used straight, though probs can be diluted for longer times)
Flexicolor Developer LORR Replenisher (makes 10L of replenisher, working solution is more diluted than rep, so about 13.1L if used as one shot), replenished is around 25-35mL per 35mm/36exp or 120 roll iirc. So a few hundred rolls capacity.
LORR Starter: $12.95 (1.2L of starter - a lot of starter, which uses 30mL per litre of dev iirc)
Flexicolor Bleach III - 10L (working solution), $68.16 (cant see this on the website, but it's on the system, and have confirmed that it's still supplied to Australia with the new Kodak local distributor) - the Kodak Cat code for this is #6600258, so if someone doesn't have it, you can give them the Cat Number to order it for you (which they can do if they have other Kodak stuff as they have a Kodak account).
Flexicolor Fixer - $41.82 (50L working solution)
Kodak E-6 Fixer $6.25 (10L working solution iirc) (I use this at 1+4 for T-grain films)
Mirasol 2000 250mL LC (used at 1+400) - $6.60
By comparison the Tetenal 5L kit is $112.29 which has a stated capacity of 60 films (but that is with reuse and extended times with reuse that degrades over all image quality, and is also a combined bleach and fix - not as good as separate!). Also the times/reusage rate for the Kodak stuff is the same, so you can treat them the same, but get more capacity out of the Kodak stuff per $ no matter which way you go, one shot vs one shot, reuse vs reuse, or the the highest capacity with consistent quality: replenished.
vs $140.76 with Kodak stuff
Kodak also has a guide for mixing smaller quantities right here - http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...is49/cis49.pdf
It is pretty much the same story with E-6. Fuji is large quantity and expensive. Kodak is inexpensive and low quantity.
It's generally just the bleach that seems to be hard to find (find listed that is) on retailers sites.
There's multiple bleach options on B&H I'm looking at, plus they also sell Bleach Regenerator cheaply too.
Last edited by Athiril; 12-11-2012 at 11:46 PM. Click to view previous post history.