The Developing Process

To get myself prepared for developing my first roll of film I am outlining the steps required here.

Step 1:

  • Set up tank (cleaned), reel, bottle opener, film and scissors in light-proof room
  • Turn off the lights
  • Open film canister and gently remove film roll
  • Cut off half-width leader on front of roll
  • Load film on to reel
  • Cut end of film off of the roll
  • Insert reel into tank
  • Insert center column and funnel
  • Lid tank tightly
  • Turn lights back on

Step 2:

  • Fill tank with clean water, agitate for about 1 minute.
  • Pour out the water
  • Load the developer. Start developer timer. For my Neopan 400 and my Adorama developer (which acts like LC29), the time is about 6 minutes. Tank needs to be agitated for 10 seconds or so every minute to keep fresh developer on the film.
  • At end of time, empty developer.

Step 3:

  • Rinse the tank with fresh water once or twice
  • Pour in stop bath solution (mixed in 1/63 ratio with water for Kodak Pro Stop Bath)
  • Rinse again

Step 4:

  • Pour in fixer (1:4 mix for Illford Rapid)
  • Fix for 5 – 10 minutes, agitate for 10 seconds every minute
  • Empty tank and rinse again

Step 5:    

  • Washing
  • After rinsing, pour in hypo clearing agent (1:4 dilution)
  • Wash for 2 – 5 minutes
  • Rinse

Step 6:

  • Wetting agent.
  • Pour small amount of wetting agent into tank, fill with water, agitate for 30 seconds
  • Pour out wetting agent.

Step 7:

  • Dry.
  • Remove reel from tank
  • Remove film from reel
  • Clamp both ends of film, hang to dry
  • 4 – 8 hours

Some details are a little sketchy, particularly the diloution stuff, but once I get closer to time for that I will work out the details.