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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Quote Originally Posted by dodphotography View Post
    Quick question and slightly off topic... how does this tank do with Pyro and if you used pyro would you be able to swap between a staining and non-staining developer? I'm just wondering about the plastic absorbing certain types of chemistry, just a simple (and probably stupid) question.
    I haven't used pyro in my SP-8x10, yet, but I have used it--along with other "normal" developers--in many other plastic tanks; never had an issue. My main concern with using it in this tank would be increased aerial oxidation due to the amount of chemistry hitting open air on the fill side. I'm guessing that something like Pyrocat-HD would fair better in this regard then, say, PMK.

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    For Photoflo I might be doing something different from everyone else. After doing the final washing with tap water I drain off well. I then spread x3 drops of Photoflo on the negative and pour on about an inch or so of distilled water. I rock the tray a bit, let it sit a couple of minutes, then swish it around a bit more before draining. My negs are clean and I have no residue build up. Doesn't seem to take much Photoflo to get the benefit.


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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    For Photoflo I might be doing something different from everyone else. After doing the final washing with tap water I drain off well. I then spread x3 drops of Photoflo on the negative and pour on about an inch or so of distilled water. I rock the tray a bit, let it sit a couple of minutes, then swish it around a bit more before draining. My negs are clean and I have no residue build up. Doesn't seem to take much Photoflo to get the benefit.


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    Yes, very little is needed. Photoflo is recommended as 1 to 200. For 500ml with the SP, thatís about 2.5 ml. I keep it mixed in a bottle that has probably gone through 100 developments and itís still working fine. It may take a lifetime to go through a full bottle.... :-)

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I apply photoflo in a separate tray.


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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Quote Originally Posted by dodphotography View Post
    I apply photoflo in a separate tray.


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    Being a surfactant, applying the photoflo in the same tray as development might help avoid or delay any stain build up like you were worried about. Either way, a sponge out every X development cycles should take care of stain build up if it tends to happen. It shouldn't penetrate the plastic, just be a surface thing.
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Does anybody know non-UK sellers in Europe? I have found several in the UK but none in Spain, Germany etc... Best, Janne

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Janne,
    Fotoimpex.de should have it in stock.

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Mine arrived yesterday from Freestyle and today I used it twice for 5x7. I have been using the Paterson Orbital and comparing the two the obvious advantage of the Stearman is you can buy it new. Otherwise I will use one while the other is drying out. I do wish the cover for the Stearman has a mechanism so it can snap in place. I was extremely careful with the cover to the point of high anxiety. Also it is quite large compared to the Orbital but that’s a non-issue.

    I showed my wife the cover and said I need something to hold it shut so she made me two elastic bands that fit perfectly. Problem solved!

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayt View Post
    Mine arrived yesterday from Freestyle and today I used it twice for 5x7. I have been using the Paterson Orbital and comparing the two the obvious advantage of the Stearman is you can buy it new.
    Excellent, I'd be very interested in your approach to using both with 5x7--I picked up an Orbital a few months before the Stearman became available for 5x7. FWIW, I'm using 400ml of solution with the Orbital in a water bath--definitely had a few problems using two 5x7's in relatively weak Pyrocat HD...hopefully I can see if having just one sheet produces a more robust negative.

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