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04-07-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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Developing MF film

Guys,
I looked over the last threads and didn't see this topic discussed lately.

How to develop 120/220 film for a reasonable price?
I used to use Walmart which would develop and print small prints for single dollars a roll. Looks like this service is over. What do you recommend to use now?

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645N with bunch of lenses and I just love the camera even though it's obsolete :-)


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04-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by mnovikov Quote
645 with bunch of lenses and I just love the camera even though it's obsolete
As they make film it is far from obsolete.

So, on the subject of developing... you looking to do DIY processing or looking for a lab?
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Lab for sure. I wouldn't dare to develop color film at home. I know it's possible, but not this year at least
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"The Darkroom" 220 is $10 a roll ... Film Developing - 120 Film Developing and Scanning to CD for only $10!

"Blue Moon" 220 is about $7 a roll ... 120 Developing | Blue Moon Camera and Machine

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QuoteOriginally posted by MysteryOnion Quote
"The Darkroom" 220 is $10 a roll ... Film Developing - 120 Film Developing and Scanning to CD for only $10!

"Blue Moon" 220 is about $7 a roll ... 120 Developing | Blue Moon Camera and Machine
Thank you!
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Just ordered from macodirect.de
The Rollei Digibase 5 litre kit EU 53, about USD $68.
Some Fuji C41 iso 160 5 packs for the old 120 cameras and some iso 800 for the 35 mm K mounts , at an average of about EU 4 per roll.
Shipping is expensive at EU 50 to USA but the total price is competitive to ordering in USA, also (it is said)
the Rollei kit is better than the Blix ones available in USA.
That will hopefully give me 5 sessions of say, 5 rolls per session over the next year into winter.

Approx Total: film $ 4 devel $4 per roll
So I can go out and spend an afternoon taking a roll of 120 for same price as 2 beers in the local bar.

Home developing C41 is rather interesting, It is necessary to keep a detailed log for next time!
I accumulate a few rolls, mix the solutions in 5 wide mouth Ball jars, develop rolls one at a time per 5~6 roll session, then discard the solutions. Time to do a roll is actually quicker than bw, but busy all the time with the stopwatch running. The wide mouth jars enable a quick dump of the solutions from the tank, screw the lid on, and put back in the hot water bath.
With 1 tank and 2 spirals, the solution is mixed to about 500 ml to do 1 roll at a time, while the other spiral dries. The developed rolls are hung up to dry in the dust proof hutch.

Now, I have to concentrate on composing better shots on the MF cameras, I have been using digital for too long!

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QuoteOriginally posted by MysteryOnion Quote
"Blue Moon" 220 is about $7 a roll ... 120 Developing | Blue Moon Camera and Machine
Blue Moon is local for me and I can personally vouch for the quality of their processing. I use either Blue Moon or Citizen Photo in Portland for my C41 processing.


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That will hopefully give me 5 sessions of say, 5 rolls per session over the next year into winter.
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What's the shelf life of the mixed kit?

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I've had good luck with Dwayne's for 120.
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Re: Developing MF film

I can't tell your location from your profile, bu if you are anywhere in eastern Massachusetts there are two places I would recommend.

The first is Dorian Color in Arlington. They are not the least expensive, but they do excellent work and what I love about them is that it doesn't matter if you are Annie Leibovitz or, for example, me--they treat both you and your film the same.

The second is Colortek, a short walk from Boston's South Station. They charge less for 220 than does Dorian and are equally professional.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
What's the shelf life of the mixed kit?
Tuco,
I have read that the mixed solutions deteriorate in a few weeks so I intend to do sessions and discard.
I already did one batch of about 6 rolls on the one litre kit. So I will be happy with 30 rolls or so over 1 ~2 years

I copied this from macodirect.de (for the unmixed )

DigibaseŠ C41 MAXI SUPER KIT f. 5 liter
For 100 films 400/27°
For 110 films 100/21°

The very high life period of the original concentrates is min. 3 years.
(Retention samples, produced 5 years ago, are still working well)
The only exception is color developer Part C.
The life period of color developer Part C is 2 - 3 years, depending on the storage temperatures.
Information:
The coloring of the Part C concentrate has to be yellow.
If the coloring changes into red, the concentrate does not work anymore.
In this case, you can buy single replacements for Part C:
#RDC05FC 100ml concentrate
#RDC01FC 1000ml concentrate
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Guys, thank you for the answers!
I was always afraid to screw up the temp control.
How long does it take to develop a 5 film batch?
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Thank you! I am in Cleveland. Local guys would develop, but it is about $15 as opposed to Walmart which was different each time but somewhat around $5 on average.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mnovikov Quote
How long does it take to develop a 5 film batch?
You have to heat the bath to stable temperature say 3 hours unattended . I use a reptile keeper's temperature controller ($24 on Amazon) and a small electric cook top to keep the temperatures within about +/- 0.5 C
Mix the solutions, about 10 to 20 minutes
After that, say 5 minutes to spiral the film, 5 minutes in the solutions, and 5 minutes to dry the reel. That's 15 minutes per film. Dust free space is needed to hang up the films. They take more than 1 hour to dry.
Then discard the solutions and clean up, say 30 minutes
Anyway this can be done over a day.
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