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E6 development kit

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by Jonahu, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Jonahu

    Jonahu New Member

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    Hi! I was just wondering if anyone had experience using ffp’s e6 processing kit, and if so, how many rolls that can be developed with one 32 ounce kit. Thanks!
     
  2. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    G'day Jonahu

    Over the years gone by, I have home-processed over 1000 rolls of E6, and while lots of it is still to be found in the ol' grey cells, some has faded ~ along with the resulting slides :)

    As I remember it, the E6 process uses 7- stages / chemicals, and I kept mine in 2-litre non-returnable fruit-juice bottles, each with a large numbered label - so that a quick glance at them showed them to be in the correct sequence

    I used the large wash-basin, half-filled with warm water as my temperature control source, so that every item was consistent with temperature. My tank was the Patterson 3-reel job, so it used most of each 2-litre bottle for each useage

    As to 'how many rolls per kit' - sorry it's too long ago ... but it should be in the new kit's instructions

    For drying films I built a tall, thin container, about a foot wide x a foot deep x 6ft high with a rail at the top and weighted pegs at the bottom - and the door was never opened when it was not in use, thus keeping dust / air from circulating. In the early days I had tried drying films by hanging them from the shower-curtain rail in the bathroom - and they all ended up coated with dust specs

    Hope this helps
    Phil
     
  3. Jeff Cochran

    Jeff Cochran Member

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    First, what size rolls? Second, when you read the details on the kit, how many does it say you can process?

    Most quart size kits are rated at 8 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film, but you might squeak one or two extra rolls out of it.

    Jeff
     
  4. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    G'day Jeff

    A 30metre bulk roll gave me 18 1/2-rolls of 36 ... so I was always shooting 36's

    As to 'how many rolls to a kit?' ... sorry mate - it was back 25+ yrs ago and has faded, however like using any developer, you can stretch things a tad via extending the development times in accordance with the tables - but it's the other things like bleach & fixer that may fall over. Like many things in life - just do it and create your own line in the sand as to 'go' vs 'no-go'
    [ps- like some others insert into their signature line ... "I've still got all my marbles ~ they just roll a little slower"

    Phil
     
  5. Jonahu

    Jonahu New Member

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    Thanks for the advice- I'll be processing mostly 35mm, with some 120 as well. Also, did you store your chemicals in glass or plastic?
     
  6. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    G'day mate

    I used non-returnable 2-litre plastic fruit-juice bottles ... large opening, easy to pour, easy to replace when needed
    The laundry tub / basin had about 10-12cm [4 ~ 5 inches] of warm water and all chemical bottles were placed in the tub a good 1/2-hour before needed to bring them up to temperature - and keep them there as things were going along

    I had a selection of glass rod thermometers dangling from paperclips - one was in the tank itself, a second in the next chemical bottle and a 3rd further down the line of bottles - all making sure that the temperature was within specified limits

    ps- when buying the glass rod thermometers, the shop kindly put a dozen into a glass of water and waited while they all settled. The collection had a 2-degree variation across the range, and I selected three at the centre of the range. These items were just ordinary $2 commercial jobs, not certified ones, but overall they performed remarkably well

    Phil
     
  7. mini_mad

    mini_mad Always on

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    I haven't done E6 yet but have some sheets to shoot, I am looking at the Bellini kit as sold by Nik & Trick, I am lead to believe that one 1lt kit will do 2 tanks, 6 X 35mm or 4 X 120 or 12 sheets of 4x5.
     

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