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RE: filmscanners: Scratched Negs & Home C-41 processing

I like that answer, at 2AM if I want.  Is there a decent website or book
that you could recommend for someone that might be interested in developing
his own film also. I'd never miss the cheap prints, and developing my own is
something I have always been scared to try. I always made A(s) in chem lab,
I'm a Pharmacist, and even though the drugstore is very accessible to me
(too much so actually), I don't work at a 1 hour photo type pharmacy
(although that would have obvious advantages), and I might want to try it at

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Tim Victor
> Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2001 9:59 PM
> To: 'filmscanners@halftone.co.uk'
> Subject: RE: filmscanners: Scratched Negs & Home C-41 processing
> On Tuesday, January 23, Eli Bowen wrote:
> > When it is so cheap to get color film developed by a lab (even a top
> > quality professional lab) it seems hard to justify the trouble and
> > expense of C-41 or E-6 processing at home,
> Sometimes things that seem hard really aren't so hard. <grin> I've had
> little difficulty justifying the trouble (minor) and expense (no
> additional)
> myself. The fact that I can process a roll at 2AM if I want to, and often
> have, is enough reason for me. I've also learned an awful lot by going
> through the process, and that's the highest possible value for me.
> Like I said before, I'm not telling any others that they should be
> processing their own color film. I just get a little bugged when others
> try to tell me that I shouldn't be doing it.
> > especially if a
> > formaldehyde-based stabilizer is used. Formaldehyde is a known
> > carcinogen with other bad health effects even at relatively low exposure
> > levels.
> I appreciate the health warning. As I mentioned in a previous message,
> Kodak is phasing out their C-41 stabilizer in favor of a final
> rinse for the
> 4th bath. I'm not sure about the other brands.
> Best wishes,
> Tim Victor
> TimVictor@csi.com


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