For what it's worth, I (as a highly experienced LF photographer) have never gotten a ready-made small tank to work to my satisfaction. I have tried the big Nikor tank (the wrap-around clip scatched the back of the film), Doran (just how are you supposed to agitate?) and Combiplan (the slowness of filling alarmed me). I heard that Jobo drums were good but have not tried them. The only cheap solution that worked for me was the Tupperware option, but in the interests of speeding things up (doing 12 4x5" at a time), I in the end bought a line of 15-liter tanks. These of course take all sizes up to 8x10" and are economical on solutions - 15 liters of ID-11/D76 developer plus 2.5 liters of replenisher lasts me a year!
PS: Another cheap solution was to make tanks by cutting down 5-liter chemical bottles and plunge the Doran cage (same as the one in the Polaroid bucket) into these suspended on a stainless-steel reel lifter and weighted with a film clip. I would as a general principle avoid developer/skin contact.
Last edited by David H. Bebbington; 12-19-2004 at 04:35 AM. Click to view previous post history.