Recommended tray size for 8x10 sheet film?

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Sean

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I can get some used 10x12inch trays, they should work ok for 8x10 sheets right? Just double checking. thanks!
 

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I'd recommend 11x14" trays. An oversized tray gives you more room for your fingers and less of a problem with overdevelopment at the edges.
 

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jdef said:
I get perfectly even development every time in 8x10 trays with the cheap foam brushes in 1 liter of developer.

Would you use that developer for more than one negative ?
 

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I use 8x10 peterson trays to develop my 8x10 negatives. They are a tad bigger than 8x10 so i got enough room for my fingers.

I don't shuffle anymore either. I am having success with just rocking the tray every 30 secs. I did this with up to 4negs at a time and had no problem whatsoever.
 

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I shuffle and don't seem to have problems with uneven development from having my fingers in the developer. It may be that because I use a larger tray, I can handle the sheets a little more quickly and efficiently, and there is more solution in the tray. I also rotate the sheets 90 degrees periodically for more even results, and that works better with a larger tray.

Having to mix more solution, of course, could be seen as a downside, but it seems a modest compromise to me.
 
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