Re: Hand-Processing Techniques

From: D. Mark Andrews (email suppressed)
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 06:39:12 PDT

I use what Ken recommends, a 35mm processing tank. I use the 6 reel tanks so
I don't have to stuff the film in so tightly. You can buy used ones on eBay
for less than $10.00. Action Camera in SF often has used ones for very
cheap. I load my tank in a changing bag since my BW darkroom has some minor
light leaks. Once that part is complete the rest of the process is done in

From my personal perspective, the advantage to hand processing is NOT the
tattered/uncontrolled look one achieves with the spaghetti process, but
artistic control. If I hand process I can push, pull, tone, dye, reticulate,
etc my film.


-----Original Message-----
From: charles chadwick [mailto:email suppressed]
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 11:31 PM
To: email suppressed
Subject: Re: Hand-Processing Techniques

So you just spaghetti process with buckets or
whatever? I am looking for the hand processed look,
and am not out to get flawless results with a
processing tank. If I wanted that, I'd just send my
film to a lab. I have used the lomo tank for super8
before, and I've bucket processed 16mm print stock. I
guess it would be best just to buy some buckets along
with my own chemicals and process away.


--- "D. Mark Andrews" <email suppressed> wrote:

> Charles,
> When I started to process my own cine film a few
> months ago, I was a taken
> aback by how little is actually out there on
> processing small gauge film. I
> looked at all the sites mentioned thus far, but
> found Ken Paul Rosenthal's
> directions the most accurate, thorough, and witty to
> boot. Ignore the other
> sites and follow his directions. I've processed
> about 30 rolls of film using
> them with excellent results. For the record, I've
> ONLY processed bw reversal
> film according to his instructions.
> Ken advocates the tangled-dunk method and this is a
> wonderful "look" if it
> fits your subject matter. Theoretically you can
> achieve a more "lab quality"
> product by using one the commercial tanks common 30+
> years ago. The Lomo
> tank is eastern European made and easy to find on
> eBay and the Morse tanks
> (American made, which you probably used at SFAI)
> come up now and then on
> eBay. As far as I know, no commercial tanks are
> produced any longer. I
> purchased a Lomo tank a few months ago, but haven't
> tried it yet. I find
> loading the spool with film, using practice rolls in
> broad daylight to be
> extremely complicated, so I can't quite figure out
> how to do it in total
> darkness!
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Paul Rosenthal
> [mailto:email suppressed]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 7:31 AM
> To: email suppressed
> Subject: Hand-Processing Techniques
> hey charles,
> i wrote this article specifically for those new to
> hand-processing:
> ken
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