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    Changing bag

    At this moment I'm reloading my fim in my dark bathroom.
    But I'm thinking of getting a changing bag.
    What are the positive/negative pointers on those?

    Also,... a changing bag does not look handy if it constantly falls flat.
    Is it not better to have a changing... tent?

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    Re: Changing bag

    My modest opinion: A tent which is collapsible for storage. Wear inexpensive, disposable gloves because a major source of dust is shedding skin. Believe it.

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    Re: Changing bag

    I used the biggest changing bag with a cardboard carton placed in it to create free space for film loading onto developing reels. Without the carton the bag collapses and it's a sweaty hands nightmare trying to shove film where it does not want to go.
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    Re: Changing bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Maris Rusis View Post
    I used the biggest changing bag with a cardboard carton placed in it to create free space for film loading onto developing reels. Without the carton the bag collapses and it's a sweaty hands nightmare trying to shove film where it does not want to go.
    I need to remember this! Now I need a bigger bag.

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    Re: Changing bag

    I've got Harrisons and Shadow Boxes, but if your bathroom is a decent size, I'd suggest getting a shelf or board that can be placed temporarily for loading. Nothing beats real estate when u need room for a bunch of holders and film. My tents get used when I'm on the road or on location and need to reload etc..
    notch codes ? I only use one film...

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    Re: Changing bag

    Quote Originally Posted by morecfm View Post
    I need to remember this! Now I need a bigger bag.
    Did the box bit in the bag, but one big problem... Even a new, clean box tended to hold dust, lint, edge cuttings etc on them that is brought into the bag...

    With a big bag, I used a new metal file hanging rack from a file cabinet, made sure there were no sharp edges and clean, and put it in the bag... It opened all the working space up, and no walls of a box to stop you, and goes flat when not in use...

    And find a cooler, darker space to change films, and relax as much as possible to avoid sweat...

    Steve K

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    Re: Changing bag

    Maris, what sort of size of the bag are you talking about....and most important, where did you get it ? I had one custom made in the 80's and I had some semi-mouldy issues with it - no longer trusting it.

    Les

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    Re: Changing bag

    I use a Harrison Changing Tent.

    I have done for more than 10 years - my darkroom isn't really dark - just very gloomy.

    They come in 3 sizes - the Pup for 5x4, the standard tent for 10x8 and the jumbo for 11x14.

    I use the standard 10x8 size bag, although I am only using 5x4, it handles 12 film holders with plenty of room to spare.

    The inside is smooth as opposed to flocked, as many changing bags are, so with a modest amount of effort they are easy to keep clean.

    I never have a problem with finger prints on negs or body hair or dust on the film.

    I would buy another tomorrow if I lost this one.

    The tents also film away/roll up in to the something the size of a cylinder of kitchen roll when you have finished.

    As others have eluded to, it can get a little bit sweaty in the tent if you are warm - so I make sure I am slightly cool when handling the film.

    As others have commented, changing tents are not as good as a proper dark darkroom but when you don't have one of those, a changing tent is a workable alternative.

    Martin

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    Re: Changing bag

    Picked up a used Fuji FDB-12 Dark Box yesterday, they came with Fuji Frontier Labs.
    Folded it measures 36 x 85 x 10h cm (14,5" x 34 x 4"h).
    When set up (which is quick & very easy) it's 79 x 85 x 67h cm (31,6" x 34" x 26,8"h)
    Weight is 6,8 kg or 15 lbs, so this is not for hikers

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    Re: Changing bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Aislabie View Post
    I use a Harrison Changing Tent.
    ...
    The tents also film away/roll up in to the something the size of a cylinder of kitchen roll when you have finished.
    ...
    Martin
    I had a used Harrison for a few years and the material degraded into a sticky mess. Turns out you can’t keep them rolled for long term storage since they need to breath. I did end up getting a new one, but now the storage is a minor nuisance and source of worry.

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