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    8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    So, I had to try 8x10 after all these years shooting 4x5.

    Planning to stick with b/w Tri-X for now, and trying to decide whether I want to tray process or use tubes or some other thing. I'm used to tray processing 4x5, and I'm trying NOT to jump in and buy lots of gear right away.

    Would love to hear how others are processing their 8x10 b/w film.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Okay, so this went nowhere.

    How about this - which Unicolor drum works best for processing 8x10 film? Anyone....? Anyone....?

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Jobo
    Why not trays if that's what you know?

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    I use a JOBO, but you could do tray since you already know how. Tubes are great, but JOBO is best. JOBO with Unicolor base is second best.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Both the Unicolor and Beseler rotary type processors work well... the ribbed inside precludes film sticking and allows complete wetting of the back of the film. In my experience they are a bit sloppy in that they seem to invariably leak a small amount but, aside from that they were always satisfactory for me.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    I have used a jobo print drum (smooth sided on the inside) to process 8x10 a sheet at a time. I used the smaller drum because I was worried that multiple sheets would slip over each other. The Besler and the Unicolor are the same to me, but I found that I had monitor the drum as it spun because it would creep towards one end of the roller. I did an additional fix in a tray to make sure dyes in the rear of the film would be removed.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    I use a Jobo ATL 2200 and the 3005 tank. Works great.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Your choice of developer may influence your choice of method.

    Tubes provide (and require) continuous agitation. This is not appropriate for compensating developers.

    I always do my 8x10 in trays.

    - Leigh
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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Thanks. The only downside for trays for me is that I'd have to blackout my bathroom, hence the idea of using a drum. I don't necessarily want to spend the $599 on a Jobo 3005, so I was looking at the Unicolor drums. Anyhow, I'll probably just tray process for now.

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    Re: 8x10 b/w processing - tubes, trays or?

    Trays. Cheap and easy.

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