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Paterson Universal tank and 2 reels-#115

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  • Paterson Universal Tank takes two 35mm film, or a single 120/220 film
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  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000BZMIH
  • Item model number: 115
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 5, 2003

Product Description

The Paterson Super System 4 Universal Developing Tank is simpler to load, faster to fill and easier to clean than any other tank. It features a large diameter one-piece lid and funnel that clips into place positively and securely, allowing the tank to be filled and emptied quickly. The Paterson Universal Tank accommodates two 35mm film spools, or a single roll of 120/220 film.

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They are both easy to use.
Alice Amanda Miller
It's nice that this one tank lets me process my 35mm and 120 film using the same reels.
Chris
After 15 minutes of practice, I was able to load both reels without any problem.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 17, 2012
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Paterson tanks are without a doubt, THE tanks to use and have been for a long time now. It is made of highly durable plastic, and is coated so that it won't retain any of the chemicals used (can destroy your processing!)

PROS
- Light-proofing system is recognized as the best on the market
- Film loading ball-bearing system is beyond easy (I practiced twice before a real roll, and got it in one!)
- Comes with agitating rod for multiple styles of agitation during processing
- Adjustable reel for 35mm, 120mm and three other film sizes. Easily snaps into place.
- Will not lock if seal is not proper, forget leaks they won't happen with this tank!
- Maybe it was just luck, but I received two reels with my order?

CONS
- Sealing lid is a little tough to press down when you are using time-sensitive chemicals

So this set-up cost more than my stainless steel 35mm and 120mm tanks combined, however in my opinion it is totally worth it! The ease of use makes it a pleasure to use even in the dark, and I have never had negatives stick together (unlike my stainless teel tanks...ugh).

ADJUSTING THE REEL
Once you know how, this is VERY easy. I didn't have instructions with my purchase (an oversight I was assured) and there really aren't any resources on the web. To adjust the reel for 120 film etc, hold both sides of the reel and turn clockwise with force. You will hear a squeak and a click, at which point you can pull the halves apart to adjust. Once you have it at the desired width, turn the opposite way to lock, again waiting for the squeak and click! And you're done!

If you're still developing film in 2012 (good for you), join me in using this excellent set-up for great results every time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Brown on March 9, 2013
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I have used this product and this is my experience with it. Your mileage may vary.

The developing tub has a red plastic ring on the top that is glued to the black tub. My unit leaked between that glued joint. The lid seal was perfect, and there was no leakage there.

As I'm using the developer, flipping it over during the developing process I'm thinking, "wow, there's a lot of water dripping off of this thing". Once I got to the Blix (which looks like iodine), it became quite obvious that it was in fact a leak, and even more obvious from where it was leaking.

I'm not saying this is a bad product - I was able to finish my film developing, albeit a drippy, leaky process - but the product's quality control and assembly procedures need to be reviewed. I've returned it and will go with the Adorama universal developing tub instead.

Edit #1
I got the Adorama Universal tank and it too leaked. Now I'm thinking, "WTF? Do all of these leak?" I really like the design of the Paterson tank better than the Adorama tank, but the Adorama spools are an improved version of the Paterson spools. Back to Amazon I go to purchase another copy of the Paterson tank. Thankfully, the third time is the charm and this Paterson tank is leak-free.

I've updated my review to four stars since the spools are better in the Adorama kit: there's a shelf that makes threading the film in the dark much easier than the Paterson spools, especially 120 film. So now I'm using the Paterson tank with the Adorama spools which fit the tank perfectly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alice Amanda Miller on October 23, 2009
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I love this tank and reel. They are both easy to use. The reel is easy to load film onto and the tank is super easy to use. My negatives don't stick together and yield good quality images.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2012
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The Paterson Universal Tank is very easy to use. Once the film is loaded to the reel, inserted into the canister and the agitator top is clicked shut, the canister is light tight. Liquids can be easily filled and drained without worrying about light leakage. It comes with an agitator spindle but I think most people prefer to shake it the old fashioned way... I certainly do! Mine came with two reels instead of one as stated...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CF on December 30, 2012
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Use this all the time for my photography class. Camera stores in my area are selling it for double the price, but it is the same exact object. This is great, perfect for dark room photographers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Adams on November 22, 2012
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Still the best tank for BW film processing. This is a small tank for one reel. I usually process more than one roll at a time and this is perfect for the odd roll.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sly on April 14, 2012
Used in my photo class & it worked very well. I still have it for when I make my own dark room to develop my films (which I'll always use). Very good condition, as advertised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2012
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This is the second time that I have developed film. The first being with an old stainless steel tank and reels from the late 70's. This Paterson system is much, much easier. After 15 minutes of practice, I was able to load both reels without any problem. Simple to use, no leakage problems. Highly recommended.
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