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Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank

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Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank

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The Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank is constructed from high-impact polystyrene that stands up to high volume use. This tank has no hidden parts, and is always easy to keep clean.

The Super System 4 Tanks are durable, easy to use, and provide consistent, even film development.

They feature a unique snap-in light trapping funnel for quick filling and emptying, to ensure even development and precise processing times.

Super System 4 Tanks offer a choice of agitation methods; use inversion agitation,  rotary agitation with the removable agitator rod supplied, or a combination of both.

This tank is supplied without reels so that a system best suited to the user's needs can be built up. Included with the tank itself is the center column, agitator rod, funnel and lid.

Takes up to three 35mm films, or two 120/220 films with optional reels.
The thoughtful design of Super System 4 includes a funnel which locks in place to keep reels secure. And as an extra safety feature, the cap cannot be locked if the funnel is improperly seated.
Chemicals pour without splash, and solution quantities are permanently indicated on the bottom of every tank.
All parts are interchangeable.
The Super System 4 is simple to load, fast to fill, and easy to clean.
A large diameter one piece lid and funnel which clips into place positively and securely, enabling the tank to be filled and emptied quickly.
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 6.0 x 5.7"

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PatersonMulti-Reel 3 Developing Tank
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily cleaned (17)
  • Consistent reactions (13)
  • Compact (9)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Developing (19)
  • Photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another excellent Paterson product!!

This is a great tank, the parts fit together well and to date have not leaked, warped, or cracked. This is the second Paterson tank I have owned, and I am hooked. ...Read complete review

This is a great tank, the parts fit together well and to date have not leaked, warped, or cracked. This is the second Paterson tank I have owned, and I am hooked. All parts interchange between the two tanks, and I get consistent easy developing using these tanks. I am sure that any future tanks will be of the same brand!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but mine came with a problem..

Bought paterson reels and this tank. Reels work great and fit snugly in tank. Design seems fine and quite well thought but my sample came with a pesky issue. It leaks liquid out...Read complete review

Bought paterson reels and this tank. Reels work great and fit snugly in tank. Design seems fine and quite well thought but my sample came with a pesky issue. It leaks liquid out of the red rim (where the rim meets the body of the tank). Just in case you're wondering.. No, the lid is placed correctly.
There are no light leaks that I can speak of.. it's just a water leak!
What this means is that While processing I'll get a little dripping action along the way. Not a terrible thing, however an entirely unnecessary one.
Yes, I could probably exchange for a new one with BH however I live in Brazil and to have one shipped out here would cost me more in import taxes than I care for. So, for now I'll live with it, and in the future I'll probably plug the leak!
Simple design, works fine, lid is secure, daylight processing with "little" hassle!

Reviewed by 23 customers

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5.0

Just what I needed

By carlschulz

from wausau, wi

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Reactions
  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Developing

    Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

    I bought this for use with the MOD54. It's an excellent tank and plan to get 3 reels to make it more versitle.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very good product.

    By C-20

    from Montreal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing

      Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

      Vraiment un bon achat.Facilite le maintien de la température lors du dévelopemnt de deux films 120mm.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      best tank on the market

      By zuikster

      from NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent Reactions
      • Easily Cleaned

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing
        • Photography

        Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

        1 step away from a jOBO

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        The Standard

        By NMB

        from NY, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions
        • Easily Cleaned

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

          Its the standard in tank processing. Easy, lightweight and very reasonably priced. I use it for two 120 format reels - works great. For the whiny people that talk about leaks...its like putting on a tupperware lid, you "burp" the middle as you put it on. Yes, it's snug but it has never leaked. The de facto standard in my opinion

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          • No

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          5.0

          Just what I needed

          By Joshuablackwilkins

          from East nashville

          Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

          Great standard tank. Glad to be able to develop twice the film

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          5.0

          Easy Peasy

          By James

          from San Diego

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing
            • Photography

            Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

            Reels are easy to load, the top goes on and you are on your way. Couldn't be simpler.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Multi-Reel 3 Tank

            By Moana

            from Honolulu, HI

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Consistent Reactions
            • Easily Cleaned

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Developing
              • Photography

              Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

              Awesome! So glad I can process more than one roll at a time! It is a timesaver! Thank you!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Works as intended

              By Nigel

              from Sarasota, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Reactions
              • Easily Cleaned

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing

                Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                I have used the smaller version of this tank and it works just as well.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Works, but not the best quality.

                By Vin

                from Cleveland, OH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Poor Construction

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                    This tank works, but the plastic parts don't seem to be very good. If you use the agitator it will rub on the bottom of the tank and shave off plastic bits that end up floating around in any chemicals that you reuse.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good but mine came with a problem..

                    By Rod

                    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easily Cleaned

                    Cons

                    • Poor Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                    Bought paterson reels and this tank. Reels work great and fit snugly in tank. Design seems fine and quite well thought but my sample came with a pesky issue. It leaks liquid out of the red rim (where the rim meets the body of the tank). Just in case you're wondering.. No, the lid is placed correctly.
                    There are no light leaks that I can speak of.. it's just a water leak!
                    What this means is that While processing I'll get a little dripping action along the way. Not a terrible thing, however an entirely unnecessary one.
                    Yes, I could probably exchange for a new one with BH however I live in Brazil and to have one shipped out here would cost me more in import taxes than I care for. So, for now I'll live with it, and in the future I'll probably plug the leak!
                    Simple design, works fine, lid is secure, daylight processing with "little" hassle!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Tank

                    By Hogarth Ferguson

                    from Baltimore, Md

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Development

                      Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                      I have multiple tanks that have frustrated me in one way or another. While I find the metal tanks better because they use metal reels, this tank is on par with a metal tank.

                      I was having problems with other tanks, both metal and plastic, leaking chemicals while doing color development, which was frustrating. The sealing system on this tank is perfect, and allows for easy burping of excess gas or pressure. I have not leaked a drop. Plus, the ability to do two 120/220 rolls at once, or three 35mm rolls really make it much easier for my processing.

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great tank

                      By Jackie like the Chan

                      from Maine

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Cleaned

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                      I use this tank to develop my 120 rolls. It works well but can be a little bulky so I wouldn't recommend going bigger. Then again, I'm a little on the small side.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great tank!

                      By Jonathan

                      from New Kensington, PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • LabDarkroom

                        Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                        I've used Paterson tanks for years at the local university darkroom. After it was dismantled, I needed tanks of my own. The multi-reel 3 tank was perfect for my needs, as I am doing both medium-format and 35mm film work, and this tank gave me the ability to do both in a single purchase. I also have a few stainless steel tanks, but I have to admit that loading the Paterson twist reels makes life really easy!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great tanks

                        By javier

                        from san diego, ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Reactions
                        • Easily Cleaned

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Developing
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                          To develope film

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          would buy again

                          By Mary

                          from Sydney Australia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Cleaned

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Developing

                            Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                            does the job well

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            There's a reason this is the standard

                            By Gen the film purist

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Consistent Reactions
                            • Easily Cleaned

                            Cons

                            • Bulky
                            • Not durable

                            Best Uses

                            • Developing

                            Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                            I've been using these tanks in every darkroom i've been to. Particularly because plastic reels are easier to load than metal ones. I'm always happy with my results. These tanks are simple. My main issue is they can crack but if you treat them nicely they'll last a long time.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            my darkroom workhorse

                            By Eric

                            from Davis, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Reactions
                            • Easily Cleaned
                            • Easy to Load
                            • Flexible

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing
                              • Home developing
                              • Photography

                              Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                              As a hobbyist who shoots 35mm, medium, and large format, I learned long ago that I could save a great deal of money developing both B&W ans color at home. I own multiple steel tanks and reels as well as two sizes of these Patterson tanks. I find the Patterson systems very easy to load in comparison to steel reels and the ONLY system I will use for 220 film. They are simply the best.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              GREAT INVENTION!!!

                              By Safelight Printer

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Consistent Reactions
                              • Easily Cleaned

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing
                              • Enlarging
                              • Photography
                              • Printing

                              Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                              Having been limited to using stainless steel for so many years, this wonderful contraption has been a blessing to use. Easy. Fast loading. Quick to clean. A real pleasure to work with. Will continue to buy and spread the word.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Tank--Saves Time--Worth the Money

                              By salInNy

                              from ny, ny

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Saves Time

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Developing
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                                Saves so much time: 3 35mm or 2 120's. Wish I bought this months ago.

                                Only "problem" is sealing the lid take a little bit of time which is important during development however, i totally recommend this tank.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Perfect for Beginners

                                By NYC Steph

                                from Flushing, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Reactions
                                • Easily Cleaned

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Developing

                                  Comments about Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank:

                                  As a new photographer, being able to develop 3 rolls at a time as helped out a lot. It saves me so much time. The system is so easy to use.

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