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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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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 5, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to use!
craig maclean
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.
T. J. Brown
It's nice that this one tank lets me process my 35mm and 120 film using the same reels.
Chris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2014
This tank is little changed from when I was a high school student in the Sixties. It's my favorite--compared to steel tanks, and the reel is one of the easiest to load your film onto; thread it past the entry point (you have to trim the tongue from the film end) and twist back and forth to wind the film onto the reel. To use it for different sized films (say 120 vs 35mm) you simply adjust the reel to accommodate your particular film size. A detent on the core of the reel sets it in place for the new size.

You'll be doing this in the complete dark. I never rely on a home darkroom as I can't get it dark enough no matter what. So I use a Changing Bag. This bag is lightproof and lets you load your film into the tank. Afterwards, the tank is lightproof and the developer, stop and hypo pour into the top through a light trap and you don't need a darkroom to process your film. You just need a good timer, a sink, a funnel and a thermometer. I generally keep the chemicals in a large plastic tube and do everything in another plastic tub, as spilling the hypo is a disaster.

The plastic lid snaps on to create a seal so you can agitate your film properly. It takes a bit of practice to get this on and time your film. Half minutes can make a difference in development, so if you learn how long it takes to pour and seal, you can have your stopwatch pre-set to account for the time difference (count one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand) until the lid is sealed and then you know the number of seconds to deduct from total development time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 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 Brian D. Carpenter on March 26, 2012
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Took Photography while back in school, and promptly forgot everything in the past ten years. Recently, I got my hands on a camera, and decided to learn how to develop film again. Bought this tank with a gift certificate, and have used it quite a bit since. My tank came with two reels, instead of the one (Customer return maybe?) And wasn't in a sealed box. Everything was there, and it was all clean, so I can hardly hold that against anything. Light stays out great, but I do notice some dripping/leaking if I invert to develop. Many people I read said to rotate to invert this tank, but the instructions clearly say it can be used to invert. Other then that, works great.
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