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

From: Esperanza Collado <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:39:00 +0100

Hey Jo,

Well, that is interesting. So many thanks! Last night I processed another
film, using a 500 w lamp for the exposure part, but I got the same results:
the filmstrip still looks like a negative. I made the whole procedure in a
bucket to save time (otherwise my tank is too small) but I dont think I'll
do it again. The film got scratches all over.

I think I do wash the container quite meticulously, but I'll try again
tonight following your instructions which are of much help. I shall inquire
in another email about the gate.

All the best,


pd. By the way, I had a look at your blog and seems interesting, with
certain affinities with my Cinema... Corpus Vs.
Thought you may like to have a look.


On 28 February 2011 13:52, oko <> wrote:

> 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!
> Jo
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> Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:33:12 +0100
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> Subject: [Frameworks] Fomapan home-processing and super16mm
> projector's gate
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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
> projector?
> Looking forward to hearing from you, many thanks.
> Esperanza.
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