Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Maintaining solution temps--OT
From: "Julian Koplen" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 22:26:01 -0500
References: <005c01c17b9c$2c2632a0$31631b3f@5lgcn01> <016701c17ba7$77b6ad20$bd3afea9@oemcomputer>

Many thanks, Don, for the hints and the perspective.  I don't know why I
felt so intimidated by this.  But I'm "over it" now and really appreciate
your help

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From: "Don Dory" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Maintaining solution temps--OT

One of the benefits of Xtol at 1:3 is most times are over 10 minutes.  That
gives me time to put the fix in a graduated cylinder which goes into a
bucket of hot water.  Put a thermometer in, stir and pull when the temp is
right.  The temp wont fall more than a degree which is just fine.  Even with
rapid fix at 5 minutes I still have time to bring the Hypo clear up to temp.
Really, a piece of cake as long as you don't get real nervous if temp
downstream of the developer vary a degree or so: which doesn't matter even
in color.

If you are using a developer combination that runs less than ten minutes
then just have enough graduated cylinders and thermometers for all your
solutions and bring them up to temp prior to starting.  If cost is an issue
then check out flea markets and the photo swap meets: right now developer
tanks are going for a song.  Last month I picked up a 4 reel tank and a 8
reel tank with reels for $10.  Use the tanks to hold your chemistry and use
one cylinder to measure.

Don Dory

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