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Hi all. I'm a new member and wish to get my ageing Pentax 6x7 going again, assuming it's still working. The last time I had this out of the case I used Agfa Scala B&W transparency film, which I could get processed locally in London, lucky me. It was such lovely film. It's all changed since then in our digital world, the lab is a deli, all the other good E6 labs have closed near me and it cost too much now to do E6.
I'm an enthusiastic non-pro. So I was thinking of developing the film myself and see what happens after that.
What's a good way of doing this now? My old faves were Agfapan 100 / 400 in Rodinal or TriX, in Rodinal, playing with the dilution - according to speed and what I pushed it to etc. I can still get some of this kit. It was some time ago though and maybe someone has ideas about a 'better', fairly reliable, economical way, with interesting results? What about Chinese film? Any tips on drying film without a proper cabinet dryer? I want some tips to help get me excited again about film, don't we all from time to time?
I intend to hit the streets of London, quite gritty urban landscapes of course, low light as well. I want to get some detail from the 6x7 too, because it can. I'll get the 35mm filmed up as well once I've re-mastered this dark art.
I know it's a big call as it's a never ending subject, but what the hell? Tell me not to bother if you like.
Look forward to your help.
Robbie
 

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Hi Robbie
Basicly its just getting some drums for 2X135/1x120 film, some glassware, Dev, Fix and photoflo nd youre set. If you cant't black out a (bath)room a changing bag is a good substitute when loading films onto reels. For shelflife Rodinal and Diafine are hard to beat, they'll last allmost forever.
For film drying I use our bathroom and steam it before hanging them up to bind the dust to the walls.
Best regards
 
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Thanks Soeren, will look into Diafine, good tip with the bathroom, though we have a utility room which is quite warm - but dusty!
 
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