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Film loading issues Rondinax 60 developing tank

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Wilwahabri, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    I have recently acquired a Rondinax 60 developing tank for processing 120 film. So far I have run 4 films through it. Every time I have used it the last frame to load collapses in the spiral and touches the underlying layer causing it not to be developed. I can feel increased resistance as the last frame is spooled out of the film chamber, and no mater how gently I try to ease the last frame out it always sticks. Has anyone else encountered this problem with a Rondinax tank? I am considering trying to get a Kent 20 tank as, if it is built like my Essex 35 35mm tank it is far more robust than it's continental cousin, pictures I have seen indicate the spiral is much deeper than the Rondinax spiral.

    Alternatively It may just be better to fork out for a Lab-Box, a brand new daylight processing tank built along the same principles as the Essex and Kent tanks.

    I dislike hand loading spirals in the dark intensely, hence my use of daylight loading tanks.

    Suggestions please.
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I can only suggest to practice.
     
  3. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    Don't think it is technique, I have been developing films in the Essex tank for over 50 years without any issues
     
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I never got on with the Rondinax style devices in any size. The thing that really annoyed me was the constant twiddling of the knob. If they'd included a motor for agitation I might have perservered but sans that I'd rather keep a changing bag handy.
     
  5. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    I have a Jobo CPE2+ processor as well but hate loading the spirals, I generally manage to scratch the film, particularly on 120. I have to use the Jobo tanks for 16mm, 110 and Minox films though. The Jobo is good for colour work though. I use it to process E-6 film
     
  6. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    I acquired a Kent 20 tank and it is definitely a more robust construction, although the spiral looks similar to the Agfa Rondinax 60s. Different ball game using it though. Ran a roll of Delta 100 through my Seagull 4A and it loaded into the tank without a hitch. Will have to investigate the Rondinax 60 to see if I can determine the cause of the loading issue, otherwise it's a scrapper.
     

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