Kodak Day-load tank - how to?

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eumenius

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Hello friends,

recently I have acquired an old day-load 35mm developing tank by Kodak, apparently a nice gift from 1950s, made of bakelite. It has a cassette compartment with a knife, and a two-spiral reel - looks like some kind of odd bulk film loader. It is exactly the same model as (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=29993&item=3870017015&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) The question is simple - how on earth should I operate this machine? :smile: I can understand how the film should go there, and how to cut the film and pour in the reagents - but the film end obviously needs to be cut in SOME SPECIAL way, apparently! Does anyone know how to do it with such a thing?

Thanks in forward, and regards from Moscow - Zhenya
 

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I have one of these. It's not that hard, but I don't recommend using it. The potential pitfalls are many. There is a reason they have not been around for decades.

If you do not have a darkroom, you can still process film. But, you need reels and tanks and a changing bag to load them.

Good luck.

Greetings from Texas.

David
 

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YIKES! I just KNEW that I forgot to mention something in the "worst piece of photo junk" thread! These tanks are crap of the highest magnitude...
 

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bobfowler said:
YIKES! I just KNEW that I forgot to mention something in the "worst piece of photo junk" thread! These tanks are crap of the highest magnitude...

Hehehe, Maybe Zehnya should not use it, but keep it as a collectable. "Bakelite" items of any kind are very desirable among some antiques collectors, and depending on how much he spent on it, it just might show him a profit some day.

cheers
 

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I hit the eBay address. Shouldn't have. This is sure to bring back nightmares.

Perhaps there is a "special way" to cut the end of the film. I tried, but couldn't find it, if it did exist.

It was a satisfying Pistol Range Target.
 
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John Bartley said:
Hehehe, Maybe Zehnya should not use it, but keep it as a collectable. "Bakelite" items of any kind are very desirable among some antiques collectors, and depending on how much he spent on it, it just might show him a profit some day.

cheers

He-he, John, you should have seen our old Soviet tanks, perhaps some ugly replicas of Zeiss design :smile:) That's why I ask you to help me with old good Anscomatic :smile: Well, that piece of bakelite from Kodak costed me about $2 on Moscow flea market, so if everyone says it's a nightmare to use I will just keep it as a rarity :smile: I planned to develop some 35mm while in a trip somewhere in the fields, but I don't shoot much 35mm at all, though. The tank is still an enigma in terms of using it, though the replies were up to time really full of emotions :smile: How much of precious films have been jammed by these bakelite monsters during the last 50 years, that's the question? :smile:
 
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I have one of these. It's not that hard, but I don't recommend using it. The potential pitfalls are many. There is a reason they have not been around for decades.

If you do not have a darkroom, you can still process film. But, you need reels and tanks and a changing bag to load them.

Good luck.

Greetings from Texas.

David
Very nice answer. But you do not answer my question. How do we use this Kodak Day-Load Tank. You answer that it is difficult to handle but you do not tell how to use it, this Kodak Day-Load Tank.
Do not repeat it is hard to handle.
Explain how a normal human being have to do to use it.
Do not tell me once more that handling is not easy.
I am asking how to use it. I have a darkroom in my house.

Greetings from Montreal,


Jacques Lauzière.










Jacques Lauzière.
 

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Jaques, your post is very puzzling...
You address a member who made that post over 15years ago and who likely has not been here for months, as if he replied to you.
Furthermore you find the answer to your quest just in the post above yours.
 
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