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Developing four 4x5 sheet films in a 3 reel Paterson tank

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:24 pm    Post subject: Developing four 4x5 sheet films in a 3 reel Paterson tank Reply with quote

This procedure is called the Taco method. It allows you to develop four sheets of 4x5 film in a 3 reel Paterson tank. Here are two links to it:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/digi-film/sets/72157627864733730/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEzD8EGRPbU

This worked great for me. Just remember that when you add the fixer, after about 2 minutes, move the elastic band an inch or so up or down so you do not get a light line around the film.

I have been using Tri-X in Rodinal. Uses very minimal amounts of developer and is extremely economical and fast to prepare and develop. I just switched to Diafine, a two bath, expensive developer. However, it is idiot proof and lasts forever once mixed. Just 4 minutes in solution A and four minutes in Solution B and the results are great every time, no matter what.
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