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New to developing, I need help.

Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:51 pm
by Renee
I just got this camera: ... 9391111123

and I want to start developing my own film. I've looked some stuff up online but I don't know what all I need to get started and where to get it. Can anyone help me out? I'd appreciate it.

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:30 pm
by Fotohuis
What kind of film you want to develop?

Color negative (C41), slide film (E-6) or classical B&W film.

All three type of films need a different developing process.
For B&W films you can have a review on this Ilford site: ... bbyist.PDF

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:11 pm
by Renee
I was thinking about starting with black and white film. Does the different processing use different equipment/chemicals as well?

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:59 pm
by Fotohuis
In principle NOT (equipment). Only for C41 and E6 development you need a precise temperature control. C41 and E6 are running on 37,8 degrees C. C41 +/- 0,5 C ; E-6 +/- 0,2 C.

C41 is a 3 step process, E-6 (original) a 6 step process. But YES different chemicals.

B&W can be done on 20 degrees C (roomtemperature) but is a non standard process, so for each film/developer you need to optimize your results.
Follow some links on our website and you can see how many manufactureres are involved in good processing (Jobo), printing (Heiland) and others things.

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Your first film

Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:42 am
by Horsholm
Look at this site ... bbyist.pdf
it can help you :idea:
Pick one film and one devoleper and use it so that you can get to know it.
I started up the with Kodak T-max film and developer and got some ok pictures, it is easy to use and the ilford sit gives you the basic idea.

Anders from Denmark :P

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:31 am
by tigerbox
The easiest way to start out is with a classic non T-grain film like Ilford Fp4+ or HP5 or Kodak Tri-X and a all around one-shot developer like Kodak D76 or XTol.

You will need :
completly dark room
film developing tank
accurate thermometer (digital thermometers are easier to read)
Film hangers or clothespins

A couple of measuring glasses. (1x two liter, 3x One liter) Mark them DEV, STOP and FIX

A developer, powdered chemicals are cheaper but require mixing ahead of time. I can recommend Kodak D76, Kodak Xtol, Ilford ID11 or Patterson Aculux.

A stop bath is recommended, it makes development times more consistant and will make your fixer last much longer. Any available will do.

A fixer. Kodak Unifix is pretty economical if you plan to do alot of developing or printing. Most fixers are pretty much the same.

A washing aid, such as photoflo will shorten rinsing times and help prevent drying marks.

Here is a good guide to the development process: ... index.html