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10-22-2012, 04:49 AM   #16
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A minimalist home lab for processing your own b&w film requires a completely dark room - or bag, to transfer the film to a tank, a few chemicals and water and a sink. For instance, if your choice for film is Kodak TMAX100 then get the Kodak documents -> http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/aj3/aj3.pdf and http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f4016/f4016.pdf
Page 2 of AJ3 outlines the 8 step process of developing the film after you have transferred it into a tank. Page 6 of f4016 shows the various developing times and termperatures. You will need the following chemicals that you can order online. Each one will come with instructions on how to mix them with water to use in developing your film.
  1. Developer
  2. Stop bath
  3. Fixer
  4. Hypo Clearing Agent
  5. Wetting Agent
Get some 1 gallon jugs of distilled water that you can use to put them in.


Have fun and good luck!

10-22-2012, 10:17 PM   #17
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My bang-for-the-buck processing kit:

All of the following should cost less than $150.
The chemicals listed below should be enough to last you through a few dozen rolls of film.

Gear:
$20 - Film Changing Bag
$25 - 2-reel Developing Tank
$40 - 4ea 1000ml graduated cylinders
$20 - 4ea 1gal storage jug
$5 - 2ea 500ml funnels
$5 - 2pr stainless film clips
$5 - Small blunt-end Scissors

Chemicals:
$13 - Kodak HC-110 Developer
$7 - Kodak Kodafix Fixer
$6 - Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent
$8 - Kodak Photo-Flo

I use plain White Vinegar (3:1) for Stop bath.

Read this: Kodak HC-110 Developer - Unofficial Resource Page
It's full of good overall information, and especially useful on adjusting development times and HC110 dilution formulas.
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