This thread is great, but still a little confusing to the uninitiated. I hope I don't go too far in the weeds asking noob questions.
So, for someone looking to start from scratch with C41 TODAY, I could buy the following (links to UniquePhoto from earlier posts)
Final Rinse: http://www.uniquephoto.com/film%2Dca...inse%2D1925254
1. Is this all I need to develop film at home with small tanks? Do I indeed need a developer starter (such as this: http://www.uniquephoto.com/film%2Dca...Dgal%2D8485153)?? The bleach is described as a replenisher -- does this mean I need a starter for the bleach too (i.e. http://www.uniquephoto.com/product/k...n-8566796/)??? From reading Table 4 in this PDF (http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...is49/cis49.pdf , also linked to from previous post), it appears that you do need to add starter to dev and bleach... fixer is fine as-is.
2. How about stabilizer? I seem to remember seeing several posts by PE stating in no uncertain terms that color film NEEDS a formaldehyde stabilizer or it will degrade. Something like this maybe??: http://www.uniquephoto.com/film%2Dca...lons%2D1965482
3. Can someone with more experience go into how one reuses bleach. Does it lose it's gusto like fixer and get replaced, or is it indeed a replenishment operation.
4. Using these specific chemicals, what are the ideal shelf lives for unmixed source solutions stored in a cool dry place with most of the headspace displaced by canned air or similar method for keeping oxygen away? I believe I read above that part C of the developer was the worst offender, but this is a long thread and I might be mistaken.
5. Very few mentions of home dev'ed E6 anymore. Is it a lost cause to try to do this at home anymore, unless you can get hands on a Fuji/Hunt kit? This seems near unfeasible in the US at costs that aren't easily beaten by my local Wal-mart (who sends E6 to Dwaynes for $5/roll). I sure do love me some chromes fresh out of the can, but ever since I used the last of my Kodak kit, I've more or less given it up. Even the 3-bath kits seem too pricey...
Thanks in advance to those who have knowledge. I hope that the answers here can summarize and/or clarify things.
Last edited by drumlin; 03-06-2013 at 02:53 PM. Click to view previous post history.