Adorama Ultra Universal Plastic Daylight Film Developing Tank for Film Sizes, 35mm, 120 and 220

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Universal and automatic developing tank, designed for the processing of black & white film and color film, including reversal film requiring a second exposure during processing. Tank body manufactured from resistant plastic compounds, impact-resistant, heat-resistant and watertight. Supplied with 2 self-feed multiformat spirals, allowing the simultaneous developing of 2x135, 110 or 126 films, or one film of the 127, 120 or 220 formats. The simultaneous rotating and undulating movements of the spirals, ensure that the chemical solution runs uniformly inside of the tank. Chemical solution requirements are moulded into the tank base. Fits the hand perfectly.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easily cleaned (14),Compact (10),Consistent reactions (7),Easy to load (3)
Best Uses:
Developing (17),Photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Casual photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is my favorite tank!

I teach an intro level darkroom class and this is the tank I always recommend. The reels included are easy to load. The tank is compact and easy to hold.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great reels, tank leakes like a seive.

I'm torn on this product. The reels are the best I've ever used in that there's a large flange on them that really helps loading the film, especially 120. However, the tank lid does not seal properly, so while I'm using the tank during the blix phase, there was so much leakage that my son thought that it looked as if I had killed something in the bathroom sink. This tank is also more difficult to pour compared with the Paterson tank. I ended up going with the Paterson tank and using these re...

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I'm torn on this product. The reels are the best I've ever used in that there's a large flange on them that really helps loading the film, especially 120. However, the tank lid does not seal properly, so while I'm using the tank during the blix phase, there was so much leakage that my son thought that it looked as if I had killed something in the bathroom sink. This tank is also more difficult to pour compared with the Paterson tank. I ended up going with the Paterson tank and using these reels. Best of both worlds. I recommend the reels, but not the tank.

Reviewed by 20 customers

 
5.0

Students prefer these tanks and reels

By

from North Florida

The large loading track on these reels is easy for a beginning photography student to master. The tanks don't leak. We have a variety of film developing tanks, both plastic and metal. This particular model is preferred by students.

 
5.0

best tank ever

By

from Kirksville, Mo  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to load.

 
4.0

AWESOME tank!

By

from Prescott, AZ  -  Casual Photographer

This tank is great, and the reels are the easiest reels I've ever used. I'd recommend this tank to anyone looking for a development tank. It has two different agitation methods that you can choose from: One is by spinning the reels with a knob, and the other way is the standard "shaking" the tank around. The lid is sealed tight, and I've never had any leaking issues when agitating it by the shaking method. The one and only "con" this tank has is that sometimes the film is hard to get OFF the reels once it's been developed. The reel has crunched up the edges of a roll of film of mine, because I literally had to tear the film off the roll.

 
5.0

Outstanding tank!

By

from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have used a lot of tanks, and this is one of the easiest to use, and one that delivers consistent results.

 
3.0

Great reels, tank leakes like a seive.

By

from Milwaukee, WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm torn on this product. The reels are the best I've ever used in that there's a large flange on them that really helps loading the film, especially 120. However, the tank lid does not seal properly, so while I'm using the tank during the blix phase, there was so much leakage that my son thought that it looked as if I had killed something in the bathroom sink. This tank is also more difficult to pour compared with the Paterson tank. I ended up going with the Paterson tank and using these reels. Best of both worlds. I recommend the reels, but not the tank.

 
5.0

THE BEST REELS!!!

By

from Clarksville  -  Photography Student

The best reels.... So easy to get fil loaded

 
4.0

Great reels

By

from oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

My favorite feature of this tank is the reel design. They are easy to load in my change bag. So much quicker that the steel reels! The tank is also good and does not leak when threaded properly. The rotating agitator is a nice feature, but also makes the tank a bit bigger, requiring a little more developer to fill compared to plain aluminum tanks. Not a deal breaker, but worth noting.

 
5.0

Perfect

By

from Frtesno, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm most impressed by how easy the reels load. It's hard to mess up with this.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By

from San Francico, CA

Easy to use, not expensive

 
5.0

Easy loading

By

from Greensboro, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have used many reels over the years, but these are the easiest to load of any I have used. You can load these blindfolded in the dark ;) For me, the tank is only as good as the reels. Much easier to load than stainless or the Jobo-style reels. I have five of these. I do not use inversion, but reversing rotation for agitation. I have had chemical leaks when inverting. Many, if not all, tanks have this problem. I have always preferred reversing rotation agitation since it keeps air bubbles and foaming to a minimum. I have not seen these affect my results over the last 35 years of working with film.

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David A  the description suggests that this will develop 110 film, is that right?
TAYLOR C  If my research is correct you might be able to if you mess with the spools. Some people have been using the 120mm aprons. Though which seems to be working well. I would try it out with some old 110 though.
Shopper  What types of chemicals would I need to purchase with this tank to develop my 35mm film?
VINCE P  The tank will accomodate virtually any film developing chemicals. The chemicals you need depend on what type of film you're using and what you want to achieve. Are you shooting color film, and plan to do C-41 processing? Then I have no clue. Standard b&w film? Then I'd recommend Kodak X-tol above all others, to start with; you'll need a container large enough to mix the two packets of powder with 5 liters of distilled water, and then 5 1 liter brown bottles to store the developer in (One large container doesn't work as well because once there's air in the bottle the developer degrades; fill all bottles ALL the way up). The Ilford equivalent, DD-X, is already a concentrated liquid, good for long storage, and can be used to make smaller batches. ALL THIS INFO IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ONLINE RESEARCH. YOU'LL NEED TO DO MUCH OF THAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPING YOUR OWN FILM.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL T  I have the single-reel 135 setup, and liked it a lot, so I bought this one for my 120 processing.
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