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    Re: C-41 at home

    Having just completed my first C-41 processing at home, I've hung up my film to dry.
    While I'm a poor judge of colour negs, they do look good.
    They are also the first shots taken with a brand-new (to me) Technikardan, so the anticipation is doubled.
    Mixing was no problem, though the Blix is quite foul-smelling and gave me a bad headache; it also dripped from the bottle as I poured it into the tank and made a mess.
    Other than that, things went smoothly, and I'll post some scans later.

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    OP here, I just wanted to follow up on some results.
    Processing was easy, just follow the steps.
    It was my first time, so naturally I screwed up a couple of things.
    I didn't fill the whole drum with water for the pre-soak, and this left some streaking.
    My time was inaccurate: I wanted to set 3:30 for the developer, and instead set the timer to 0:0:33.0. I managed to compensate, but it wasn't ideal.
    And I spent too many extra seconds between steps pouring out and pouring in solutions; I'll have to devise a better way of doing that.
    It's easier in B&W, since the fixer is the only solution that gets put back in its bottle.
    Colours are good, I might have screwed up the adjustment of the second photo, it looks too green to me, although the colour of the stucco was a light green.
    These were taken on the same day, about one hour apart.
    Film is Portra 400, lens is a 90mm, and this was my first time using my new-to-me Technikardan.

    Overall, I'm pleased with the results, and will process more today or tomorrow.

    PS- Anybody know how to remove and clean the scanner glass on an Epson 4990?

    Thanks

    Some photos:




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    Re: C-41 at home

    Ari, those are nice sharp photos. I am unable to discern the streaking that you mentioned.

    As I look at the second photo, I am unable to see a greenish tinge throughout the photo. Looking at the sky, the color looks natural. Observing the purer whites in the clouds, the car, the trim on the building, I do not see any hint of green. I think that the dominance of the building has biased the impression that there is a green tint to the photo. In fact on my monitor, the building is more gray than green.

    Nice work.
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    Thank you, Al.
    The streaks have been cropped out, they were especially visible in the second photo.
    And thank you for a thorough review of the colours I was so bad at reading.
    As for sharp, well, I found that these were my two sharpest; other set-ups were noticeably unsharp.
    I can only hope that this was due to my inexperience with a new camera, and not some mechanical problem with the unit.

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    I can see that green cast you mention Ari. We're talking computer screens and all so what I am showing here doesn't mean much (or nothing). The light could very well had been like it shows on your image.
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    Gracias, Ramiro; I thought perhaps that different monitors would not show the green cast, although mine does.
    At least I know that I'm responsible for the green; I introduced it pre-scan in the levels page.
    Ramiro, how is your C-41 developing coming along?
    Have you tried it yet?
    Keep us posted.

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    Getting correct color balance with the scanner can be tricky, that's why I liked my old Agfa Duoscan.

    I am waiting for the right moment. Meaning I don't have a 9 months baby messing around or a wife asking to fix something.
    I also wanted to make sure I can open the 5L kit with the small amount of film I have to process right now. I think I should have gone for the 1L kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramiro Elena View Post

    I am waiting for the right moment. Meaning I don't have a 9 months baby messing around or a wife asking to fix something.
    Trust me; in that situation, there is no right moment.
    You'll have to make the right moment, or be prepared to tiptoe in the dark late at night.

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    Re: C-41 at home

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    OP here..........
    And I spent too many extra seconds between steps pouring out and pouring in solutions; I'll have to devise a better way of doing that.
    It's easier in B&W, since the fixer is the only solution that gets put back in its bottle.......
    Ari,

    Great first run.
    If I may offer some advice, get some cheap very wide mouth containers and just pour the soup straight from the Jobo drum into that.
    Do the re-bottling at the end of the run.
    Some extra "stuff" to store, but it really makes it easier.

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    Re: C-41 at home

    i bought a kit from freestyle last year, very easy to do, make sure your temps are pretty much dead on, about 102f i think thats what it is.
    "WOW! Now thats a big camera. By the way, how many megapixels is that thing?"

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