just had my 1st go at developing by inspection last night, so far, looks good! Worked with just one negative(8x10), but I exposed a few other sheets, which I'll do tonight in batches of 2 sheets/run.
the only problem is though: my dad bitches at me about "water usage". Living in Los Angeles has its downsides, especially when it comes to living with your parents(which I still do while in school). And using the 2nd bathroom(which has to be a "functional bathroom, leaving no trace of developing film when you're done") has its disadvantages too(being WAY too small to be really functional, 3rd<fixer> (tray sitting on the top of the toilet seat lid). and having to wash my film in the bathub, in an 8x10 tray.
I am now doing a wash similar to the 'ilford method', with multiple changes of water(about 20 total, 1min each) soak 1min-->agitate 1min(change of water in between)-->soak 1 min, etc.....
but because I have to use it after EVERYONE has gone to bed, its usually around midnight-2am when I can start my developing run.
Not very much fun, but its what I have to deal with right now.
I like the Zone system, but the developing by inspection really lets me fine tune EACH negative(in theory, I'll give you a more accurate answer after I've done it for a year or so) so it maximizes EACH shot. Also, since I'm a college student, my budget is REALLY limited(yes, I just splurged and purchased a KMV, but that was almost 6 months of saving to get it, and LOTS of watching on ebay) so I can't afford to purchase lots of film/paper to do extensive testing. I just look at the negatives now, and if I get adequate shadow detail, I know my ASA setting on my meter is good. If my highlights are blown, I know I need to reduce development. This is my zone system.
Somehow, I feel my jobo tanks might only see 4x5 film from now on, mostly color(E-6/C-41). 35MM/120 will be in steel tanks.
working in 8x10 is much nicer for DBI than 4x5(which I tried about 6 months ago, 4 sheets @ a time, disastrous results I'm afraid :o, gouges and all)
I'll get through it though. Just need to persevere
but the boxes(I don't need a lot, I was going to just separate each type of negative(low contrast situation, high contrast, normal contrast) so I can gang them up for runs.
Last edited by DanielStone; 04-16-2010 at 08:33 PM. Click to view previous post history.