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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    Henry,

    Don't want to start another flamey thread, but I've consistently heard people complain about uneven development from tanks and hangers.

    The Jobo, from the little I've used it, does a really nice job, better than everything else I've tried.

    Paul

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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    I, too, dislike processing film; to me it's a chore, and I process BW and C-41 at home.
    But I won't have anyone else process my film; I like the control over the process, and the considerable money I save goes to other things.

    Best scenario: suck it up, and accept it as a necessary evil.

    I know; it doesn't make me feel any better, either.

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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    I never once had uneven development with 4x5 and single hangers... but I kept my hangers well-separated and used dilute Rodinal for longer development times. Early in the game I tried tray developing and hated it... uneven development and scratches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sully75 View Post
    Henry,

    Don't want to start another flamey thread, but I've consistently heard people complain about uneven development from tanks and hangers.

    The Jobo, from the little I've used it, does a really nice job, better than everything else I've tried.

    Paul
    Sure, and keep in mind that the vast majority of sheet film processed commercially was done in hangers.
    The complaints are generally based on poor technique. Its lots easier to complain on the 'net than to fix your problems yourself.

    I think Ari's post nearby pretty much sums it up:

    Best scenario: suck it up, and accept it as a necessary evil.

    The other thing is you can set an arbitrary limit on how many sheets you shoot of each subject.
    Since 10 sheets is your convenience limit in your Jobo, you could shoot 2 sheets each of 5 subjects to make one run of film.
    That should create some discipline for you and you'll end up a better photographer.

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    Paul, I really like your Stranger Portraits, and hope you'll return to the project. For me, anticipation always outweighs the drudgery of film processing. I hate being without film to process, as I am right now. Tonight I'll make some portraits with my new Sinar outfit, complete with reflex binocular viewer and 210 Symmar-S, and I can't wait to process the film!

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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Ambrose
    Its lots easier to complain on the 'net than to fix your problems yourself.
    +1

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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    I could do it for you for a reasonable fee.

    I don't have a JOBO but use a Unicolor drum.

    I can do B&W, E-6, C-41.
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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedGraphicMan View Post
    I could do it for you for a reasonable fee.

    I don't have a JOBO but use a Unicolor drum.

    I can do B&W, E-6, C-41.
    I think the intent of this thread is to establish what is a reasonable fee.

    I just processed the film from last night's portrait session, and it looks pretty great, drying. I am VERY happy with the reflex viewer -- I don't know how I got along without one!

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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    Well, lets see...

    Maybe $1.00 US a sheet?

    I would have to figure out what the exact cost to me was in chemicals/time.
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    Re: Cheapest Good B&W sheet film developing (someone to do it for me)?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedGraphicMan View Post
    Well, lets see...

    Maybe $1.00 US a sheet?

    I would have to figure out what the exact cost to me was in chemicals/time.
    Wow! That's beyond reasonable! I wouldn't touch a sheet for twice that. I might think of processing for 3X that, given a ten sheet minimum, but I'd probably regret it if anyone took me up on it.

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