Film developing


theonenadeem

Link Posted 11/01/2017 - 23:42
I recently purchased a Spotmatic SP and am shooting my first roll of film. As such I find myself on a new learning curve.Can anyone direct me to a suitable sight .
Also I have considered(probably too soon). Developing my own film. And am looking for information guide on such a practise, I have seen some videos on you tube.

Lastly is it possible to develop colour film into a b&w image and would i use B & W chemicals. Regards

johnriley

Link Posted 12/01/2017 - 00:00
Film development is a bit of a skill in its own right. It would be easiest for someone to show you how to do it, but there are plenty of good books available second hand at low prices.

Yes, you can develop any film as black and white, but for the best results the proper black and white films will be best. Not least because the correct development times will be published.
Best regards, John

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 12/01/2017 - 22:45
Check the Ilford website for some very useful guides on how to develop B&W film.

If you're shooting colour film then I suggest you take it to be developed as colour and for B&W, shoot B&W film.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

JAK

Link Posted 12/01/2017 - 23:11
It is perfectly possible to home process colour negs and slides, but it is much more critical than monochrome processing. I wouldn't recommend attempting colour until you've got b&w right first.
With colour wrong timings, wrong temperatures, and getting the correct gelatin colour balance filters right will give uncertain results, b&w is much more forgiving. Once you've mastered mono then colour is so much (time consuming) fun!
For detailed advice there'll be many books in a local second hand bookshop that cover the subject.
John K

laurencea

Link Posted 15/03/2017 - 21:46
hi

bit late to the party.. i started developing my B&W films a year or so ago. it's pretty easy, if daunting. As mentioned above, check out the Ilford site, they have lots of info and step-by-step guides.

you can't develop colour with B&W chemicals, you will destroy the film. there are some B&W films that use C41 processing (colour processing)... which may be handy as to get a lab to develop B&W costs more than colour.

i have yet to try developing colour, mainly as the temperatures and timings need to be spot on... if the temperatures are too high in B&W you reduce the developing timing (handy in summer), you can't do that with colour. plus, you need more kit really.

good luck and welcome to the world of film.
Pentax k100d, k30d 18-55, Tamron 70-300, Tamron 500 mirror, pentax 10-17, 50 1:4, a manual 28, some extension tubes and a bagful of memory cards. That's all i need... and a load of film cameras too... that's it, honest.

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 16/03/2017 - 06:02
laurencea wrote:
hi

you can't develop colour with B&W chemicals, you will destroy the film.

I understand that C41 colour films can be developed with B&W chemicals into B&W negatives, though I've never done it myself.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

johnriley

Link Posted 16/03/2017 - 08:39
Any film can be developed into a black and white negative, even Kodachrome.
Best regards, John
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