Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Invert or rotate
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 18:03:26 -0400

I use Nikor Tanks and generic reels for one or two rolls. For more, I have
an older Gepe tank that takes five rolls of film, and which I put on an old
Unicolor Uniroller. I started out twenty years ago using the roller since I
was using Rodinal at 100:1 and 50:1 and the developing times were long- I
put the film in, poured in the developer, and set the timer to 18-20
minutes, and did something else. I also used it for D-76, straight with
replenisher, and even though I had heard of 'aerial fog', supposedly from
keeping the film out of solution too long, the rolling action never did
cause any problems, and the negatives were beautiful. I even used the roller
to fix and wash the film.
These rollers can be had for 35-45 bucks, used, and are really nice.
I bet you could even put a red dot on it, and it'd work even better!!
I regret that the tall Gepe tank is no longer carried by HP Marketing; It
doesn't leak, and fills and dumps quickly. I have the reels in both the 35mm
and 120 size- they load like stainless steel reels, but have a nice clip at
the center that makes starting the film a breeze.
I use two litre bottles that I get from the minilab in which our C-41 fixer
is shipped.... I would think that you could get these bottles from a
friendly lab person... That have a pretty wide mouth, and fill the tank
Also- do any of you out there use Diafine? I find it a pretty good developer
for hot weather use.