Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/06/15

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Subject: [Leica] 8 reel developing tank
From: don.dory at (Don Dory)
Date: Fri Jun 15 13:41:57 2007
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In an ideal world you have the stainless steel rod so that you can lift all
eight reels out at the same time.  Again, in an ideal world you would have
the developer in the tank and immerse all eight reels together put the cap
on and then turn on the lights.

If your world is'nt perfect then as others have suggested use a pretty
dilute developer, long developing time and use a rolling agitation pattern
more than inversion.  Also, watch your wash times as you need to get clean
water all the way to the bottom and back again.  I would suggest fill and
dump for washing.  Enjoy.

On 6/15/07, H. Ball Arche <> wrote:
> Can any of my fellow mossbacks give a head's up on using one of these
> things? Any problems I should know about?
>   I've always gotten by using 2 & 4 reel tanks, but anymore its taking me
> two days to process a weekend's worth of film.
>   One thing I can see as a potential problem is the length of time it
> takes to fill the tank if it's loaded and capped - should I fill the tank 
> w/
> dev. first and then load the film?
>   Please, no SmartCard jokes.
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