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    Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    I have a couple of Patterson tanks that I use for 35mm and 6x6/6x7 B&W film developing in my kitchen.

    Any recommendations on similar daylight tanks for 4x5 development?

    I do not have a darkroom and use a Harrison tent for loading my film.

    John near Seattle

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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    "Taco Method" https://www.flickr.com/photos/digi-f...7627864733730/

    The "SP-445" is coming soon. Fingers crossed it'll work well. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...cessing-system

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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    The Paterson PTP116 Multi Reel 3 Tank and MOD54 Large Format Film Processor...
    Are both currently available.

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    Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    If you have a 1L Patterson tank, you can buy the Mod54 device - holds 6 sheets max.

    http://largeformatphotography.com.au...Eleveation.jpg

    Alternatively, there is also the user bw-king's stainless steel device which holds 10 sheets and has the option for you to do 5x7.
    http://www.bw-king.com

    I just bought one but I have not used it yet. I have used the Mod54 and like it a lot.

    Both are about the same price.




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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    Look for an old Honeywell Nikor tank. Rather hard to find but they are out there.

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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    I have the bw King and am impressed with the quality and ease of use. Mine is for 5x7 and is huge.


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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    They ALL suck! Tray is still best way to go.
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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    I almost never started shooting 4x5 because I have no rooms anywhere in the house that I can make dark. And I can't be bothered to wait until it's completely dark outside. So I bought a MOD54 and it was the best $60 I've ever spent, now I shoot almost nothing but 4x5. When I only have 2 sheets I will just put them in a 2 reel Paterson tank so they follow the curve of the interior emulsion facing in, then I fix them in the MOD54, never had an issue using that method either. Not all of us have a dedicated space we can make completely dark, and we shouldn't have to avoid LF just because of that.

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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    Here's another vote for the B&W King tank. I have the 4x5, and though it took me a few trial runs to work out a good agitation regime, I'm now very happy with the results I'm getting. And, it also enables me to do alternative agitation techniques such as minimal or semi-stand.

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    Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    Not sure what your budget is. Trays work, Nikor SS tanks work. Hard rubber tanks and hangers work.
    I used 1/2 gallon kodak rubber tanks and hangers for 30 years. I had the SS Nikor tank worked bit of a pain. I've used Jobo expert tanks super easy and expensive.
    I currently am using Jobo 2509n reels, in 2500 series tanks. I use IR goggles, I don't think I could load without. Works great on a roller for b&w, I have a Jobo CPP2, processor, love it.
    The Mod 54 is very easy, you use a lot of chemistry, but you can replenish and make 5 L of XTOL last forever. This is your best cheapest easiest option for daylight.
    The Jobo is a fabulous machine but you have to be able to justify the cost.

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