Easier Tray Developing

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Collin Brendemuehl, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. Being new to 8x10 I'm still looking for easier ways to do things.
    My first tray-developed films were a hassle.
    But ... I got in my tanks & hangars.
    Unfortunately there's not enough shot each time to justify filling the tanks.
    So I put the sheet into the hangar and lay it in the tray for developing.
    Makes it much easier to agitate, insert, and remove.
    And the hangar keeps it from rubbing on the bottom of the tray.

    Any other ideas out there to make things easier?
    (I can use all the hints there are.)


    Collin Brendemuehl, Jan 30, 2004
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    brook Guest

    Are you getting any weird density build up on the edges of the film? I
    would think the hangers in the tray would cause problems.

    brook, Jan 31, 2004
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  3. Hi Collin,

    For 4x5 and 5x7, I use processing panels which I made on the following
    design: http://philbard.com/panel.html

    I do not know how this would work for 8x10 as there would be a tendency
    to sag. But that would be on the back side, anyways, as it is important
    to have the emulsion layer on top. Otherwise film development is
    uneven. A panel for 8x10 would probably hold only 1 sheet each, unless
    you are going to go for a tray that would accomodate 16x20, in which
    case the panel could hold four sheets.

    Francis A. Miniter
    Francis A. Miniter, Jan 31, 2004
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    Dan Quinn Guest

    RE: (Collin Brendemuehl) wrote
    Years ago I built my own tank. Perhaps a one liter would do you. Dan
    Dan Quinn, Jan 31, 2004
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