Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by John Farrell, Aug 9, 2018.
I use the laundry - I have 2 rolls of Kentmere 100 loaded in the tank, using a film changing bag.
I use the bog with some black-out on the window to load and then the kitchen.
After processing, the films hang in the shower, to dry.
Looks good! I must have a go at lightproofing the bog, because I've got a lovely big tank that will do four rolls of 35 or two of 120, but it won't fit in the change bag.
How many decades do you reckon that bottle of Rodinal will last, then?
For many years up to going digital I'd load the film into a Paterson daylight tank using a changing bag whilst sitting at the kitchen table, develop/wash/fix/wash at the kitchen sink and hang to dry in the utility room. Used the stopwatch on my watch as a timer. The darkroom (in my attic) was only needed for printing but that ceased once 35mm film scanners came along!
http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps how loo.html -- the loo in our last house set up as a darkroom.
http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/darkroom.html -- our darkrooms
Gray - I use 12.5ml of Rodinal to do 2 films. A couple of years ago I bought 2 unopened 500ml bottles of Rodinal at an auction, so with those, and the bottle I'm using now, I have enough to do about 220 films. It'll see me out!
Roger - in my previous house, I had the laundry set up, so I could use it as a darkroom. I was going to do the same with the laundry here, but in 11 years, I haven't quite got there. Buying a film scanner made it a lower priority.
I use my darkroom as a loo
Maybe that's why all my prints are shite?
Returning to B&W developing after decades, I got hold of a rondinax daylight loader tank which seems to work quite well. I am not bothering with a darkroom ever again so I just develop in the kitchen and hang the rolls in the conservatory to dry and then scan them.
Unfortunately, the effort of developing, scanning and printing didn't turn my photos, by magic, into anything other than the boring same old stuff I can get with a digital camera so I have stopped for the time being.
I have a collection of film cameras, and the most economical way to use them is with monochrome film. This is the why of the processing. The two films I processed were shot in an Agfa Ambi Silette, and a Pentax ME. I currently have a film in a Canon FT.
I improvised starting with an under-stairs cupboard - very smelly paraffin lamp with red filter; over hot and cool attics, board on the bath, attic again, and finally 30+ years ago, a laundry room. I fitted powered ventilation, and it's dark, as well as having running water and drainage. Pity that it now acts as a workshop as well.
I think it would see most people out!
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