Johnson "CUTPLATE" Developing Tank : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

One of these came in my door today, together with a lot of other LF stuff. Problem is, I don't know if I have all the parts, or what I need, and how I'm supposed to use it...

It's a black (bakelite?) tank, about 7" x 2" x 5", with a lid on. The lid has a filling hole, and on the othere side there's a "development calculator" sort of thing.

Removing the lid, there's a light trap, a container with two (I presume) film holder inserts in, and a separate continuation of the filling hole.

The inserts fit into any of 7 slots inside tank, and have one side with 6 straight slots, and one with 6 "S"-shaped ones. A sheet of 5x4" film fits nicely into these slots at max. distance, but not quite tightly enouhg that I would trust it to stay in plae with chemicals sloshing about in there.

Speaking of sloshing, I tried filling the whole thing with water and turning it upside down to see how much would spill out. A lot did, even when just tilting it gently, so I don't quite see how it could keep enough chemicals inside to get a reasonably even development?

Any suggestions welcome...

Ole Tj.

-- Ole Tjugen (, May 25, 2002

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