I recently moved to the east coast and lost access to the public darkroom I was using. After setting up a space to process black and white film, I thought it might be useful to others if I published some notes I've made along the way.
Here's a list of everything I bought.
- Hewes 35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel (x4)
- Hewes 120 Stainless Steel Developing Reel (x2)
- Samigon Stainless Steel Tank for 4x35mm or 2x120 Reels
- Samigon Stainless Steel Tank for 2x35mm or 1x120 Reel
- Paterson Plastic Beaker - 32oz
- Paterson Plastic Graduate - 22oz (600mL)
- Paterson Plastic Graduate - 1.5oz (45mL)
- Delta 1 Stainless Steel Film Clips (Pack of 10)
- Legacy Pro 6" Glass Thermometer
- Delta 1 Datatainer (64 oz)
- Delta 1 Datatainer Chemical Storage Bottle 128-oz (One Gallon) (x2)
- Paterson Funnel (x2)
- Film Cassette Opener
This allows me to process two rolls of 120 at a time or four rolls of 35mm.
- Paterson Film Squeegee
- After leaving lengthwise scratches on a couple of rolls of 120, I threw this thing out. The rubber had a rough patch on it that was leaving tiny marks on the emulsion.
- Kodak Professional HC-110 Developer
- Kodak Photo-Flo 200 Solution (16 oz)
- Ilford Ilfostop Stop Bath (500mL)
- Ilford Rapid Fixer 1L
- Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent
I want to start experimenting with shorter dev times, but these are the times I've started with for developing HP5+ and TRI-X.
Dev: 7:30, 4 inversions every minute. Start timer after filling tank, start draining tank at 7:15 mark.
Stop: 0:30, 4 inversions
Fix: 6:00, 4 inversions every minute
Hypo clear: 2:00, inversions for first minute
Wash: fill with water, 5 inversions, empty and refill, 10 inversions, empty and refill, 20 inversions
Final wash: 2 minutes of constantly changing water
Photo-Flo: 30 seconds, light rotation of film in canister
TRI-X 400 in HC-110 Dilution E at 68F
Dev time changes to 6:30, otherwise the same as above.