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    Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    I'd like to get a daylight tank to develop 4x5" film....

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    All metric sizes to 24x30 Ole Tjugen's Avatar
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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    JOBO drums work (2523, 2521) work.

    Most others don't.

    The worst piece of darkroom kit I have is a "Johnson's Cutplate Tank": Takes a lot of fluid, and agitation is impossible. I've used it once (for stand development), then bought a JOBO.

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    Do you just need 4x5? Or do you have other needs? The Jobo 25xx tanks handle 4x5 and smaller. The Expert tanks handle 4x5 and bigger but cost quite a bit more.

    How much film do you need to develop?

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    There is also the Combiplan system from HP Marketing Corp. Easy to use and inexpensive. Last I looked Midwest had them for around $70.

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    anyone checked which forum this is in?

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    Look for a used Jobo Expert on Ebay, where I have seen many go for about 1/2 of new price.

    I hand roll on the $20 Jobo roller base. Easy to load, low chemistry volume, even consistent development, quick to fill and empty. It is the piece of photo equipment I hesitated the most about buying, but the one that I am happiest I spent the money on.

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    I have used Jobo with 6 sheet 4x5 reel for inversion, 4x5 Nikor for inversion , Jobo expert on CPA water bath, hangars with hanger rack. They all work fine once you work out the quirks.

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    Re: Wanted: 4x5" daylight development tank

    I use an old Bessler tube with the holders set for 4x5 on a Bessler base modified with a variable switch for ceiling fans. The conversion cost me about $12 and a half hour to mount the switch to slow down rotation. I'm using Hutchings pyro with a pre-soak. Works fine and its cheap--used Bessler units are available for very little... I also use it for 5x7 and 8x10--6-4x5, 4-5x7, 2-8x10.
    Michael
    Last edited by Michael Daily; 26-Jul-2006 at 18:08.

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