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    Re DIY developing

    I have an old Nikon F2 kit which I would like to start using again.

    Not having a darkroom available, I'd appreciate any suggestions as to the best/most economic way of home developing film.

    I'm thinking that once I have the negs that I can access a scanner and use software to "develop/print".

    Hope someone can steer me in the right direction.

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    Re: Re DIY developing

    I develop in the kitchen sink.
    Paterson tanks work best for me though I do have a stainless one reel tank too. I mix up Xtol or Rodinol(D76 is available also but I prefer xtol) and use Photographers Formulary TF4 as a stop/fixer.
    There are many tutorials on youtube on how to load your film and how to develop. Eventually you have to find what works for you.
    I get my supplies either locally or online from B&H or Freestyle.


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    Re: Re DIY developing

    Last year I started developing B&W but got burned out on it, mainly because the Epson scanner I bought did a poor job of scanning negatives. I also used the Paterson tanks as pictured above. I didn't even have a dark room to load film on the reels and in the tank. I just used a dark changing bag and did that at the kitchen table. I also got my supplies from B&H and Freestyle. I have a pair of Nikon F2's-a black one with the DE-1 eye level finder and a chrome F2AS with the DP-12 finder.

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    Re: Re DIY developing

    You should try and find a used V700, should be inexpensive now that the newer scanners are out.
    The V700 can do do 24 frames 35mm and 6 120(6x6) frames at a time.

    F2 is a nice camera; I recently sold one with an inop meter.
    I still may pick up an F3, which was my favorite SLR(I broke mine!).
    I mostly shoot an S2 but have a FE2 with a 50 1.2.

    I prefer shooting film.
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