The first colour film I developed in my Lab-Box was Kodak Ultra Max 400, using Cinestill C-41 chemicals. I'm not sure that I like the results from this film, but the Lab-Box did a great job of the processing and made the whole process easy.
I plant to try different colour film types as I go along, so I'm looking forward to the journey.
I'm also in the process of buying a couple of different film cameras, so those will make the journey even more interesting.
Below are my first pictures taken with my Nikon F65 film camera. There are more pictures in the pipeline.
→ Click on each picture below, to see a larger view..............
I bought a Lab-Box for my film development. The reason was because I found using the black bag for loading my film onto a spool for the Patterson Tank, to be problematical and I damaged a number of films trying. The Lab-Box provided a tidy and easy way to load the film onto a spool, without any damage, so I did my research and eventually bought one.
I find it a wonderful thing and really enjoy my film development using it.
Here's my method and my gear.
For colour developing I'm using the CineStll C-41 chemical kit to make 1 litre.
I mixed the packets of powder as instructed and stored them in 1 litre black opaque bottles to protect them from light and deterioration. It's important to keep the chemicals quite separate, so I marked each bottle with coloured tape and wrote the name of the liquid on the tape. Yellow tape for Blix, red tape for Developer.
As I use the chemicals, I make a note of the date and how many rolls of film. There are instructions in the C-41 kit, outlining how many rolls of film the 1L mix is good for. After that you must discard it and make up another batch.
To develop the film, both Developer and Blix must be set at a temperature of 39C / 102.2 F.
To heat them I use a straight-sided pot with a thermal immersion circulator heater clipped to the side.
I pour the developer and the blix into square glass bottles to heat the liquid and set a digital thermometer into the neck of each one. When I have finished developing I pour the chemicals back into their respective black opaque bottles.
DEVELOPER & BLIX at 39 C
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