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Adventures in year-old DIY C-41 chemistry

Posted 25 April, 2007 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Extra Geeky + Technique

See what happens when alspix—the man who brought us the now-legendary matchbox pinhole camera—processes film in year-old, over-used C-41 colour negative chemistry from a DIY kit. The results are surprising!

Read about it at Alspix Stuff.

He used this Nova C-41 kit, which is available in the UK. For those in the US, check out the variable time, variable temperature Arista quart and gallon C-41 kits, as well as pint, quart, and gallon E-6 (slide/positive/reversal) kits from Freestyle Photo.

Comments

Sebastian

Thats amazing! I’m getting less scared of trying this myself. I’ve still not perfected black and white film development so maybe I’ll stick to that until I get better :-) But good to know!

Bryan C

Interesting! I found some old, unopened Unicolor C-41 and E-6 chemistry in my parent’s basement. It’s been sitting on a shelf since my Dad retired his darkroom in the mid 80′s. I brought home a sealed packet of B&W D-76 powder of the same vintage to try out, but the color stuff scares me.

Nicolai Morrisson

Aw holy shit, try it!! Little to lose and much to gain!

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