I've finally scored myself a Jobo 2509n reel, so it's now time to start thinking about developing my own E6. The problem, being so far down this end of the earth, is getting the chemicals. There is a local shop around here who has a Tetenal E6 3-bath kit, the price works out a tad cheaper than getting lab-devved rolls but is a lot better for 4x5s (because you get four 4x5s for using the same amount of chemistry as a roll, right?). That's fine with me, the only major beef that I have with my local lab is that they use dip'n'dunk, the clips they use to hold 4x5s put holes in the film, and it makes wet-scanning an absolute headache because the airbubbles won't go away. The only thing I'm concerned about is that this kit in the shop has been sitting around for what looks like forever. I bought an RA-4 kit from them a few months ago, and that was fine (except the bottles were rather stained on the inside and it took a few hours of shaking to mix the gloop back together, maybe that happens from fresh too though). I also noticed that there was no 'use by' or 'mix by', or even 'production' date on the kit itself, so I have no idea how long it had been sitting around on the shelf. At least with RA4 there's no risk in using old chems, just cash to buy more paper and fresh chems, but with film (especially 4x5 chromes) I'm more interested in not cocking them up. With complete respect to the shop (because I love them), I'm just a bit worried that this E6 kit has also been sitting around for a while. Would the chemicals go off at all in completely factory-sealed bottles? Or could sitting around for a while in the shop lead to shorter life once diluted?