B&W film developing questions

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by G.T., Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Same here, minus the metronome. I don't find music to be a compelling
    need in the darkroom.
     
    David Nebenzahl, Jan 26, 2008
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  2. G.T.

    ____ Guest

    You sound like John Douglas.
     
    ____, Jan 26, 2008
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  3. David, did you post a question to me about older Kodak
    enlarging lenses? If so I can't find it again.
     
    Richard Knoppow, Jan 27, 2008
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  4. G.T.

    Henry(k) Guest

    Dnia Fri, 04 Jan 2008 22:04:55 -0800, G.T. napisa³(a):
    Last week I made test - bottle of Rodinal used last time 5 years ago
    (so it has 6 or 7 years). 1+25 - still works without any problem.
    I tested also D-76 1+1 mixed in Sept 2006 - works not so good, but it's
    still ok - without direct comparison no visible difference.

    And never ask such questions - shot a few test frames, cut film
    and develop it. It costs a few cents, but can save your negative
    if something will go wrong with developer after wrong storage.

    In low dilutions yes - but I don't recommend it.
    After Rodinal don't use acid stop bath - plain water
    works ok - I use 3 water changes in 2 min.

    Greetings
    Henry
     
    Henry(k), Jan 27, 2008
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  5. G.T.

    Pieter Guest

    I have an old "boom box" with tape player - preceded CDs. I put a layer of
    duct tape over the pilot lights so they are very very dim. No problems with
    light.
    I find that listening to music helps me relax and avoid the temptation to
    rush the timer on the chemistry.

    Metronomes are handy for counting intervals, but I mostly use digital "egg
    timers" from WalMart for timing stuff in the darkroom. The gentle beep can
    barely be heard over the boom box at modest levels.


     
    Pieter, Jan 27, 2008
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  6. Yes, thanks for asking. Here it is:

    Forgive me if we've already been over this ground before, but this seems
    a good time to ask you about a couple older enlarging lenses I have that
    I've used with good results. I have a couple versions of the old Kodak
    Projection Anastigmat, all in excellent condition. (This is the uncoated
    version of what I guess became the Ektar series, correct?) What's your
    opinion of these lenses? They seem to be perenially available on eBay in
    any conceivable size, cheap.
     
    David Nebenzahl, Jan 27, 2008
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  7. G.T.

    Dudley Hanks Guest

    I never liked safelights -- used to work entirely in the dark. If you mix
    and measure all your chemicals ahead of time, and have the darkroom
    logically and neatly laid out, there's no need for lights during the
    exposure and developing stages.

    Take Care,
    Dudley
     
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 23, 2008
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  8. G.T.

    Pieter Guest

    There's no reason not to use safelights for printing, unless you are a bit
    compulsive. I do ONLY B&W, so my problem is simple in terms of light color
    selection.

    I am also a "small tank" only guy - I use 35mm and 120 film sizes only.
    When processing film, after loading the film in the tank and closing the
    lid, all film processing is done in plain old room lighting. The one time I
    will do film processing in the dark is when I am processing infrared. If
    there is the slightest light leak anywhere, this film will find it! So I do
    the whole thing from unloading the camera to loading the tank to processing
    all in complete darkness.
     
    Pieter, Feb 23, 2008
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  9. G.T.

    Dudley Hanks Guest

    I know, I'm more than just a bit compulsive.

    I only did a small percentage of my work as BW, most was cibachrome /
    ilfachrome colour images.

    When my darkroom was in full production, not only was I compulsive, but I
    tended to be rather systematic, and tended to keep minute records of
    timings, colour balance settings, etc. for camera lens combinations in
    addition to film manufacturer / types.

    Using a nice little German-made tank processor, I could plan my workflows
    and maximize the time I spent in the darkroom fairly effectively.

    I guess it was my way of making sure I got as much time behind the lens as
    possible.

    Take Care,
    Dudley

     
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 23, 2008
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  10. G.T.

    ____ Guest

    Yes you do the same, you undecidedly have other issues- sight relatedly
    that make your pursuits a bit more noble than some of us common folk- my
    hat is off to you!
     
    ____, Feb 23, 2008
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