Are you new to the wonderful world of analog photography and would you like to start developing your own color films? Or are you an experienced analog photographer nostalgic for the era of analog photography and would you like to pick up the thread? Then this starter kit for color film development is definitely for you!
This starter kit contains all you need to develop your own color films (35mm or 120). Get started with the universal and indestructible Paterson developing tank (with two universal film reels) and develop two 35mm films at the same time or one 120 roll film. Winding the film on the film reel is done in complete darkness. Once the film is wound up you put it in the developing tank and close it with the light-tight lid. After that you develop your film in normal daylight with the included Colortec C-41 Processing Kit from Tetenal. Measure the photochemistry exactly with the Paterson measuring cylinder of 600ml. The temperature of the chemistry is monitored with the included 30cm color thermometer, specifically made for color film development.
After you have successfully developed your film you hang it up with the supplied film clips to dry.
In short, this kit is good for a lot of development fun! This starter kit comes with a 1L Tetenal Colortec C-41 Processing Kit for developing 12 to 16 35mm films or 120 roll films. Keep in mind that unlike developing black-and-white film, color chemistry has to be kept at a constant, high temperature (about 38 °C). A solution to bring and keep your chemistry to this temperature, such as a bain marie or a TCS-1000 from CineStill is not included in this kit and is (additionally) needed to develop color films.
The Tetenal Colortec C-41 Kits offer a color development process in three steps: color development (CD), bleach-bix (BX) and stabilizer (STAB). The kit consists of six components: the color developer in three parts, the bleach-fix in two parts and the stabilizer bath. Mixing the baths themselves is straightforward. The three components of the color developer should be mixed with each other before use and topped up with water until the complete bath is reached. The 1L kit comes with three 200ml bottles of color developer each, which must be diluted with 400ml of water. The bleach-fix should be diluted with 600ml of water after mixing. The stabilizer with 800ml of water. The working solutions have to be stored after development in airtight (accordion) bottles and can be treated with an anti-oxidant spray such as Tetenal Protectan in order to maximise the shelf life. This starter kit comes with three brown Kaiser Chemistry Storage Bottles (1L). The biggest enemy of photochemistry is oxygen, if oxidation can be reduced to a minimum, the chemistry will last the longest. The storage time of the color developer is about 6 weeks (longer with anti-oxidation spray) and for the other baths about 24 weeks.
Once the Colortec processing kit is exhausted you can of course buy a new kit and develop new color films with the darkroom materials you already have.