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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    I use a multitude of films and developers. A common one: T-Max 100, developed in Pyrocat 1:1:100 in HP Combiplan (6-12 sheets) or tray (less than 6), printed on Ilford papers developed in Ansco 130.

    I like it because it looks good. I wouldn't necessarily suggest the above to a new practitioner.
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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    Any film
    Rodinol made with Distilled water one shot usage
    Water stop, replaced often
    TF5 fix made with distilled water
    never Photoflow or soap
    Wash in running filtered tap water
    Hang overnight on string line to dry

    Any paper
    Ilford PQ made with distilled water, reusable
    Food grade citric acid powder stop replaced every few prints
    TF5 fix made with distilled water
    no Photoflow
    Wash as above
    Dry on new window screen, reused and kept clean
    Never use blotter books, RC paper drys flat, FB paper needs help
    Copy anything with cell phone
    Prefer enlarging or contact prints, it depends on film size
    I throw out a lot of film and prints after looking at them for my mistakes
    I also shoot X-Ray film, same developing but far cheaper in big sizes and can be cut down to anysize under safe light
    The ONLY safe light I use is this exact LED bulb and only from this source, bounced off ceiling.
    https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...mens/440/1477/




    All done in trays one size bigger
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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

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    Ok, but what are the chemicals that I need? Brand, type, code letters, and the amount to get. Not going to be shooting like a wild man!
    Hi AdamD

    Where are you located ?
    If you are in the states get the sprint systems of photography chemistry. They come in either 1L slugs or larger cubes with a spigot. They mix easy ( 1:9 ) and there is extensive filmdevelopment times &c on their website for pretty much every film you can think of, and charts on their website for adding/subtracting time for various lighting and film age scenarios. The developer is sort of like D76 but won't block highlights if you over process a little bit, and won't give you dichroic fog like the tmax developers sometimes do their fixer is a rapid/speed high capacity fixer, and it is pretty much the go-to chemistry for highschool and college darkrooms because it is pretty standardized.
    if you google sprint systems of photography you can buy directly from them. i've been using their fixer since about 1981 and their developer off and on since the same time..

    good luck !
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    The safe light is used only with prints and X-Ray film, all normal film must be done in complete darkness

    Yes some do many things differently

    I like simple, same same

    Works fine for me...
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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    My current safe light is a short string of red led Christmas lights purchased on clearance and kept distant from the trays. If you want to try this route, for check safety before use!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    Another question is, What photography books are you reading?

    You need to be studying and reading, here is a random book, i never read, nor will, but might work for you

    https://www.amazon.com/Processing-Pr.../dp/1883403677

    It took me 2 years to settle on my 'simple same same' system after joining this forum and asking lots of questions

    Nobody told me to use my 'simple same same' system, I also printed up cards with mixing and times, sealed them in plastic and keep them handy in darkroom

    Start SIMPLE!
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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    Developer and Fixer can be the same for both film and prints. Water is a good Stop for film and a chemical Stop of your choice for prints. If your film requires a pre-soak use water.

    You'll also want some way to wash your negative and prints. You can use a tray with several water refills for this. Exact details are available elsewhere on this forum----doing a search will find it. I use a print washing machine, which would be overkill for your 4x5s as you wouldn't want to risk scratching those still soft emulsions.
    You could also try kludging together a DIY washing machine out of a 4x5 daylight processing tank.

    For a weight for flattening, I took a cue from Kirk Gittings and got a scrap of polished granite salvaged from a stone flooring/kitchen counter top outfit.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    “ Another question is, What photography books are you reading?

    You need to be studying and reading,...”

    .and if books are not instructive enough, there are plenty of YouTube videos too.

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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    ... or check out Ilford’s very instructive beginner guides. I’d bet that Kodak has similar.

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    Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    Now where do you buy all this 'stuff'

    I primarily, but not exclusively use 2 main suppliers

    B&H and here's why, they often have the best deal Such as this contact printer, which they sell new for almost same price as used on eBay. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...m_Proofer.html

    I use one

    Freestyle has stuff B&H does not https://www.freestylephoto.biz/

    I am more a gear nut than a 'Fine Art Print' practitioner.

    I never saw a camera or lens I didn't 'LIKE"

    I shine them up and keep most.

    Adam, what is your goal?
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