Re: [Frameworks] Fomapan home-processing and super16mm projector's gate

From: oko <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:52:21 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Esperanza,

I've home processed a lot of B/W reversal 100 Fomapan - and the results are great but often unpredictable (that's also why I think it's a great filmstock).

Does the "negative" image look solarised - dark & silvery, with brown areas/flares? If so I'd try giving the lomo tank an extra long wash (I'd do twice as much volume of water) between the 1st developer and bleach bath, and make sure that when you pour the wash water through the tank that you agitate the spirals lots. Accidental mixing of the 1st dev and bleach does seem to affect the results in the way you describe.

For the redevelopment part, I just use a 60watt energy saving lightbulb from a 1 metre distance, for between 1 and 2 mins, and that seems to work fine.

Not too sure about the super16 part of your request, apart from I think that usually you need a modified gate for projecting super 16. Hope the above helps!


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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:33:12 +0100
From: Esperanza Collado <>
Subject: [Frameworks] Fomapan home-processing and super16mm
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Dear all,

I wonder if you could help me understand the following: I am home-processing
R100 b&w reversal 16mm film and, even though both the film and chemicals I
am using (Foma) are reversal type, the images I got look like a negative
print. Beautiful, but not the right result I was expecting. I might be doing
something wrong and I suspect it might have to do with the exposure part of
the process. I wonder if any of you have had similar results sometime. What
sort of lamp should I use to this avail?

I would like to be able to process without a normal tank (I have the regular
lomo tank), has any of you experimented using other ways, as for instance,
an aquarium or something of the sort where one can throw in several
filmstrips? It would have to be painted back I guess...

Also, I am filming with a super 16mm bolex, but when I project the image
looks like regular 16. Do I need to make any gate transformation on the

Looking forward to hearing from you, many thanks.


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