Developing C-41 film at home with Tetenal Colortec C-41 kit

Developing C-41 film at home with Tetenal Colortec C-41 kit




The Tetenal Colortec C-41 kit is a good quality film developing kit for colour negative C-41 film.
You can also develop Ilford XP2 Super Black and White film with this kit.


   

  Whats in the box?
  1. Colour Developer CD Part 1
  2. Colour Developer CD Part 2
  3. Colour Developer CD Part 3
  4. Bleach Fix BX Part 1
  5. Bleach Fix BX Part 2
  6. Stabilizer STAB




INSTRUCTIONS 


Mixing The Chemicals
For a 500ml working solution 

COLOUR DEVELOPER - 200ml Water - 100ml Part 1 - 100ml Part 2 - 100ml Part 3

BLEACH FIX - 300ml Water - 100ml Part 1 - 100ml Part 2

STAB - 400ml Water - 100ml Part 1


How many times can you re-use the chemicals??

Colour Developer, Bleach Fix and STAB can all be re-used the same amount of times.
For a 500ml working solution you will be able to develop around 8 rolls of film
For a 1000ml working solution you will be able to develop round 16 rolls of film
The more times the chemicals are used, the more time will have to be added to each development.

More info on times below.



This is my set up




I fill some tubs with water to either 30°c or 38°c (With the Tetenal Colortec C-41 kit, you can either develop the film at 30°c or 38°c)
I then place Colour Developer, Bleach Fix and STAB bottles into the bowl of water, both with Digital Thermometer keeping track of the temperature.
The STAB can be used at a lower temperature (20 - 40 °C) so not as important to pre heat.



When all chemical are up to your chosen temperature along with the water you can Pre Heat the Tank.

First Step 
Pre Heat the Tank

Pour the water which must be at the correct temperature into your developing tank with film, and leave for 5 Minutes.
I place the tank into the bowl of water to keep at a more even temperature.

After 5 minutes, pour away


Next Step
add your COLOUR DEVELOPER

Agitate for the first 10 seconds, then 10 seconds every 30 seconds afterwards. 

Time and Temps for Colour Developer 

30°c +/-0.5 
  500ml   -   1000ml
1-2 Films - 1-4 Films -  8 Minutes
3-4 Films - 5-8 Films - 9 Minutes 
5-6 Films - 9 - 12 Films - 10 Minutes
7-8 Films - 13-16 Films - 11 Minutes

38°c +/-0.5
500ml   -   1000ml
1-2 Films - 1-4 Films -  3 Minutes 15 Seconds
3-4 Films - 5-8 Films - 3 Minutes 30 Seconds 
5-6 Films - 9 - 12 Films - 3 Minutes 45 Seconds
7-8 Films - 13-16 Films - 4 Minutes

When finished pour back into the chemical bottle, a is funnel is recommend for this.



Next Step
Pour in your BLEACH FIX

Agitate for the first minute, then 10 seconds every minute afterwards.


30°c +/-0.5 
  500ml   -   1000ml
1-2 Films - 1-4 Films -  6 Minutes
3-4 Films - 5-8 Films - 8 Minutes 
5-6 Films - 9 - 12 Films - 12 Minutes
7-8 Films - 13-16 Films - 20 Minutes

38°c +/-0.5
500ml   -   1000ml
1-2 Films - 1-4 Films -  4 Minutes
3-4 Films - 5-8 Films - 6 Minutes
5-6 Films - 9 - 12 Films - 10 Minutes
7-8 Films - 13-16 Films - 15 Minutes

Again, when finished pour back into the chemical bottle, which a is funnel is recommend for this.


Next Step
RINSE

For 3 Minutes between 30°c-40°c
Either with constant running water, or fill and shake 30 seconds at a time.



When your done
Pour in the STAB
1 Minute @ 20°c-40°c
Agitate first 15 seconds then let stand

Again, when finished pour back into the chemical bottle, which a is funnel is recommend for this.


Open you film tank an you will have a wonderful strip of freshly developed colour negative film.
Hang to dry somewhere out the the way, then you can scan them and enjoy.



All the below images where photographed with Kodak Ektar 100 120 film and developed at home using The Tetenal Colourtec C-41 Kit

















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