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(based on 4 ratings)
Brand: Yankee
Located in: Film & Darkroom, Film Processing, Sheet Film Processing
Yankee Plastic 4"x5" Sheet Film Day Light Developing Tank
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
2.8 stars
(based on 4 reviews)
75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Best Uses:
Developing(4)
 
Simple, easy to use, but......
By CraygunsVerified Reviewer from Springfield, MO on 11/24/2010
Pros:
Compact, Consistantly works well, Consistent Reactions, Easily Cleaned
Cons:
Waste dev for 3-4 sheets
Best Uses:
Developing, For 12 sheets
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Yankee Yankee Plastic 4"x5" Sheet Film Day Light Developing Tank:

Sheet film is good not just good for enlarging, but for 1 or 2 shots and fast developing which isn't feasible with 35mm or roll film. The Yankee wastes much one shot developer which I often use.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works but tricky
By joshuaVerified Reviewer from Beacon, NY on 11/24/2009
Pros:
Cheap, Large volume
Cons:
Poor Construction
Best Uses:
Developing
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Yankee Yankee Plastic 4"x5" Sheet Film Day Light Developing Tank:

The first thing you notice about the tank is that its cheap, fragile plastic. I cracked mine just taking it home but was able to repair it using superglue and fish tank sealant. Dropping this tank will be the end of its useful lifespan.

I've been able to get consistent results without too much trouble. There are a few tricks. The first is to note the lid of the tank which states that you should only agitate in one direction. Follow that religiously and you'll avoid sticking your negatives together. The second is to overfill the tank. You're better off wasting a little developer than getting an underdeveloped top edge as its tricky to tell when the tank is full not.

Loading the film is tricky. They provide a little slot that can help you load each sheet properly. I found this useless. I just very carefully count the notches as I load each sheet. Run your hand on the top and the bottom of the holder to make sure that you didn't slot two sheets into one slot. You should be able to feel this.

Otherwise it works fine. Its cheap, its fragile, but it works. I'll probably upgrade to a metal tank in the future but it works for now.

 
This tank loading guide is marginal
By f64 lajosVerified Reviewer from Bandon, Oregon on 9/7/2009
Pros:
Ease of operation
Best Uses:
Developing
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Yankee Yankee Plastic 4"x5" Sheet Film Day Light Developing Tank:

I use it to hold & develop my 4x5 cut films. It is great, but would be simpler to use if only the indents for the film loading guide had deeper indents.Finding the next slot accurately when moving from one slot to the next during darkroom loading is stressful.Any suggestions ?

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Avoid this tank
By JehuVerified Reviewer from Reno on 4/14/2009
Pros:
Easily Cleaned
Cons:
Inconsistent Results
Best Uses:
Developing
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Yankee Yankee Plastic 4"x5" Sheet Film Day Light Developing Tank:

After several tries, I managed to get acceptable results without any noticable mottling. Then, while using the same procedure, I got mottling. You can't invert this tank so agitation is a problem. I've tried constant, mild and vigorous. Nothing worked with consistancy.

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