220 film processing

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While my primary gear is large format, my "travel camera" is a Pentax 645. After years of using the standard 15 exposure back, I have just purchased a 220 film back. Does any one out there have experience or suggestions in processing the longer film of the 220 roll-ie stainless reels, jobo film tanks, etc. Thanks, Joe Sacamano

-- Joe Sacamano (joseph@gorge.net), January 05, 2002


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I use the Patterson plastic tanks and reels for 220.

-- Brian Ellis (bellis60@earthlink.net), January 05, 2002.

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I process it on standard Nikkor 220 reels. Dev times are the same as for the 120 reels.

-- Ken Burns (kenburns@twave.net), January 05, 2002.

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I have used both the Nikkor 220 stainless steel reels and the JOBO plastic reels. I think the Jobo reels are a little easier to work with and are more user friendly than the Nikkor reels. After you ruin a number of rolls of film, you will have no problem with either.

-- Lewis Lauring (eyeye@citlink.net), January 05, 2002.

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If you take one roll of film and ruin it and then use it to practice, practice, practice loading your 220 SS reel, like about fifty times with your eyes closed, you will not ruin any more rolls. Pat

-- pat krentz (patwandakrentz@aol.com), January 06, 2002.

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Absolutely agree with Pat! When loading SS reels, make sure you always have a little play (back and forth). Otherwise you have a kink and it will always overlap the film below ruining negs during development!

-- Scott Walton (scotlynn@shore.net), January 07, 2002.


I really like the Nikor 220 reels. If you are used to loading the 120 Nikor reels then the 220 reels are no problem.

BTW, I have two NEW, boxed 220 Nikor reels that I can sell. You will need the proper tank for these (I only have one and it is not for sale) unless you dunk them in 31/2 gal tanks. If anybody is interested, please email me.

-- Todd Phillips (toddvphillips@webtv.net), January 11, 2002.

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