I went shopping...

by Piotr Matura November. 06, 2019 150 views

... and I am really excited! Also, I really want to share why, so here we go.

I am finally going ahead with a photographic project I really wanted to do for a long time. Few days ago I made an order in my trusted photography shop online and today I received the package - a really big box full of equipment and chemicals for developing B&W film!

I'm abolutely excited, because I was thinking about it for a long time (maybe even a year now), doing reading about the process and all the things I need, even making "shopping list" for it - but for various reasons I postponed and postponed, until now.

I exchanged some emails with the owner of the shop I used and he was super helpful, providing me with a list of essential chemicals and equipment that are adequate for beginner and won't cost me that much. I added a few things that I thought might also be useful, small supply of B&W film, and made an order.

Here's what I have:

Big gray tray to contain any splashes that may happen, and inside: 2 roll developing tank, bottles to store the solutions, jugs with scale to prepare them, and chemicals. To the left - some B&W films to experiment; in front: developer (bag of powder to dissolve in water) and some accessories

Big gray tray to contain any splashes that may happen, and inside: 2 roll developing tank, bottles to store the solutions, jugs with scale to prepare them, and chemicals. To the left - some B&W films to experiment; in front: developer (bag of powder to dissolve in water) and some accessories

Chemicals: in front - developer, Fomadon P. It is supposed to work similar to Kodak D76. In the back, from the left: Fomacitro - stop bath, Tetenal Superfix - fixer; Tetenal Mirasol - wetting agent

Chemicals: in front - developer, Fomadon P. It is supposed to work similar to Kodak D76. In the back, from the left: Fomacitro - stop bath, Tetenal Superfix - fixer; Tetenal Mirasol - wetting agent

Accesories: only required one is thermometer, to check temperature of chemicals. On the left - film recoverer - allows to pull the end of roll from the cartridge; right - film clips - to hang developed film to dry (regular clothes pegs would do the trick, too ;))

Accesories: only required one is thermometer, to check temperature of chemicals. On the left - film recoverer - allows to pull the end of roll from the cartridge; right - film clips - to hang developed film to dry (regular clothes pegs would do the trick, too ;))

All that cost me around 130 euro / 145 usd. Not that bad, considering that I can use the gear for years and chemicals alone cost me only around 17 euro / 19 usd (will be enough to develop 10 rolls of film, after that I'll need to buy developer and stop bath for ~8 euro / 9 usd).

To be honest, I can't wait to develop my first film. It will probably have to wait until weekend and in the meantime I'll practice loading film to development tank - I don't want to have problem with this while sitting in complete darkness :D Also, I will shoot a test roll to have something to play with, before I try developing a few rolls that wait in the fridge ;)

I will definitely share with you how everything went and the final result - please come back in a few days, if you are interested :)

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John Waco Jr 2 months, 3 weeks ago

That's a great shopping list. Hope to see your results soon. Keep up the good work.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to John Waco Jr 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, John! I will share as soon as possible ;) In the meantime I practiced loading film to developing tank and feel comfortable doing with closed eyes/in the dark, so probably  tomorrow evening time will come to do the actual developing.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
John Waco Jr Replied to Piotr Matura 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I have developed film and printed from negs all my adult life, if can do so can you. Good luck..+1

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Wish I could do that. But bo place for it and my wife would kick me out, if I started doing that. Hope to see your results soon.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

To be honest I don't have that much place, too and I had to do some convincing wink Our building has basement compartment for every flat, so I can store this stuff here in the meantime - that is one problem solved. And I indent to use bathroom as darkroom only late in the night and only once in a while, so hopefully there will be no trouble grinning

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Piotr nice to hear from you and that you are intensifying your film project. I always liked making the prints more than developing the film. I ruined several negatives from a trip to San Francisco the film had gotten a burn while I tried to develop it. It still hurts today over 30 years later that I don‘t have those memories and that I ruined it myself.
If you are patient and of a scientific mind, you will be successful with film development.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Lee! Sorry to hear that you had such bad luck with your films... I understand and would feel the same way - I know I still cringe thinking of a few rolls damaged because I opened camera without rolling back (luckily, I lost only few frames). I have this thought in the back of my head that things may go wrong, but I hope they won't smile 
Making prints - well, it is tempting, but requires a little more investment and space, so I leave it for the future wink

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Sherry Hill 2 months, 3 weeks ago

i'm happy for you.. it's inspiring to have a new project.. look forward to seeing your first home prints.. :)

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Sherry! I hope I will not disappoint you - these will be homemade scans, though wink Making prints require more equipment and it is next step / level for me - I hopefully get there, too smile

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
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