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Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank

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Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank

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The Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank has an improved design that provides for better chemical flow and more uniform agitation.

The removable rack accommodates cut film from 2-1/4  x  3-1/4" to 4 x 5". The rack has a translucent flange and a film guide for easy loading. Comes complete with instructions.

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YankeeCut Film Daylight Developing Tank
 
3.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily cleaned (14)
  • Compact (9)
  • Consistent reactions (7)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (5)
  • Flimsy construction (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Inconsistent results (3)

Best Uses

  • Developing (19)
  • Photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (4), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product if used correctly.

This developing tank is great if you do the following:

1. Super glue the sliding (white) part of the film holder in the position you will be using it. ...Read complete review

This developing tank is great if you do the following:

1. Super glue the sliding (white) part of the film holder in the position you will be using it. Otherwise it will slip and slide all over the place, causing film to become dislodged.

2. Pay attention when loading film. It's in the dark. The film guide has slots that will keep it perpendicular to the bottom and top of the holder if you'll just keep your mind on what you're doing. that will prevent you from misloading film. When you load one sheet, slide the guide into the next osition. Don't forget to do that or you will mess up both sheets of film.

3. This is critical. Ignore the instructions about it being a daylight developing tank. Don't use it that way. Shaning the tank will result in uneven development. develop in total darkness and use the dip and dunk method, lifting the film holder and letting it drain once every minute.. After pouring out the developer you can give the film a rinse, put the top back on, and do the rest in daylight. Of course if you use an A/B developer, like Diafine, you don't need to concern yourself with agitation and can do the whole process with the top on in daylight. that stuff is really cheap to use, by the way since it lasts for years and can be used almost indefinitely.

It's real easy to wash and wet the film in this thing.

I've had one of these for over 40 years. Maybe they made them sturdier back then (they did everything else). It is in just as good condition as it was when I bought it.

It's much easier to load than the older type rubber tanks' holders. It will handle more sheets of fiom than those without using much more fluid (12 4x5 sheets can be developed in a half gallon of fluid). And used as I described it will deliver immaculate negatives. There's no other tank I'd use for my 4x5 films.

I'd recommend it to a friend, with these caveats.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I wish I had never bought this

I bought this because it had passable reviews and it was cheap and seemed easy to use. It is easy to load the 4x5 film into the slots using the guide if you set...Read complete review

I bought this because it had passable reviews and it was cheap and seemed easy to use. It is easy to load the 4x5 film into the slots using the guide if you set the guide up before you start loading - if you dislodge the guide in the dark it's a nightmare. It's easy to accidentally load the film crookedly i.e. the top of the film in the first slot and the bottom of the film in the second slot.

Many times I would open the tank after the fixer and discover that sheets of film had popped out of the slots and stuck together, to my dismay. I did not over-agitate, fully invert the tank, etc. I listened to the directions. The tank seemed to work well for a few months and has recently got progressively worse and worse. I bought it in March and it started to show poor results over the summer. It creates horrendous flow marks on the film, which renders the fiilm useless and completely unprintable. Waste of my time and money. I tried a few different strategies to combat the flow marks - I varied the corner from which I drained the chemicals, I only processed a few sheets at a time rather than 12... nothing worked. No matter what, if I put 4 pieces of cut film in the tank, one will come out perfectly, one will come out good, one will come out semi-passable and one will come out ruined beyond recognition.

Heatbreaking. I should have bought a different brand tank a long time ago. DO NOT BUY THIS TANK.

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4.0

Works fine, Lasts Long Time

By David

from Holland, Ohio

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Processing
  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

  • Requires Much Chemistry

Best Uses

  • Developing

Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

The Yankee Tank enables daylight development of up to 12 sheets of 4X5 film (and smaller).
Development is remarkably consistent (although I never process more than six sheets at a time) . . . there is no streaking, and the spacing between the slots is more than adequate. I should also mention that it is very easy to load.
Not surprisingly, the tank requires nearly a half gallon of chemistry; much more than a rotating processor.

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4.0

Hard to learn, but it works fine.

By Film is not dead yet

from Northern VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable And Cheap

Cons

  • Takes Practice

Best Uses

  • Developing

Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

Make sure you practice 5-10 times before you try to load real film. First practice with the lights on, then in the dark. After each attempt, examine the film and make sure you loaded exactly one per slot. Only then should you attempt to load real film.

Having said all that, it works great. I don't think there's much they could've done to make it easier to use...it's just an acquired skill.

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3.0

Doesn't work we'll with color developing

By Jkirby

from Cumming ga

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

  • Inconsistent Results
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Developing
  • Photography

Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

The box is great if you can control you volume of chemical that you use but I can Only do that in black-and-white but when using color you get only 1 pint or one quart and one pint is not enough and one court is too much. Overall ok product really cheap build quality and clunky and agitation is wired only side to side not ideal, the top center of my negatives didn't get developed at all.

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4.0

takes some getting used to

By farnsworth

from W. Pa.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Photography

    Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

    Took a little finessing but works ok

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    3.0

    Works, but research before buying.

    By richard

    from orlando, fl

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cheap

    Cons

    • 1 Point 5 Liter Deisgn

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Photography

    Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

    I am not fully satisfied with this purchase, but I will keep this because the alternative is very expensive.

    FIRST KNOW that this tank is for 1.5l of liquid. So if you are also purchasing something like the Tetenal Press Kit (Jobo Press Kit), you will need to adjust your mixture to accommodate. I didn't catch this right away and wasted a few sheets of film.

    You may find other reviews online stating that users have experienced streaks from the agitation with using this product. It is true, this happens. It seems that the proper way to agitate using this product is to lift one corner by an inch and let back down. This will allow just enough chemical to move around and the resulting 'wave' within to not cause uneven development. I also tap it on the table as agitation a few times to make sure there aren't any bubble issues.

    It easy to clean.

    The adjustable height design leads for easy misalignment of the top. This isn't a serious issue, but if you're only going to use this for 1 format, you may want to find a way to lock it in place so you wont be fumbling around with it in a dark bag.

    I'm not sure how others compensate with this, but I am still experimenting with the timings and I have to factor in the pour-out time. It may take 10 seconds to pour out 1.5 liters of chemical.

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    5.0

    Great tank

    By Pat

    from Elkhart, IN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Photography

    Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

    I have no absolutely no problems with this tank. Read the directions and you'll be perfectly fine. I definitely prefer this tank over darkroom tanks (I no longer have a darkroom, but this tank is still rpeferable even if I did).

    It's easy to load, easy to clean, and does a great job of developing without streaking. I will say that I went from a once every minute agitation to a 10sec agitation every 30sec. It seems to work a bit better that way.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    4x5 Developing tank

    By Michaela

    from London, Ontario, Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Photography

    Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

    So great to be developing film again. Thank god for B&H otherwise film and accessories like this one would be impossible to find.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great product

    By Jill

    from Tampa Bay, FL

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing
      • Photography

      Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

      home darkroom

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Easiest way to develop cut film upto 4x5

      By SoBePhoto

      from South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent Reactions
      • Durable
      • Easily Cleaned
      • Opaque to infrared

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing
        • Photography

        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

        This is an almost identical copy of the tank I have been using for about 20yrs. That one was found for me at an antique market. Other than tray processing, there is no other way to process small cut film. I shoot many formats, but for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 to 4 x 5 in this tank is indespensible. It has the added benefit of allowing daylight processing, even for infrared film. Plus, it is nearly unbreakable. That is why I had to have two of them.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product if used correctly.

        By HenryC

        from Alabama, USA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions
        • Easily Cleaned
        • Easy to use
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Holder slips needs glue

        Best Uses

        • Developing

        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

        This developing tank is great if you do the following:

        1. Super glue the sliding (white) part of the film holder in the position you will be using it. Otherwise it will slip and slide all over the place, causing film to become dislodged.

        2. Pay attention when loading film. It's in the dark. The film guide has slots that will keep it perpendicular to the bottom and top of the holder if you'll just keep your mind on what you're doing. that will prevent you from misloading film. When you load one sheet, slide the guide into the next osition. Don't forget to do that or you will mess up both sheets of film.

        3. This is critical. Ignore the instructions about it being a daylight developing tank. Don't use it that way. Shaning the tank will result in uneven development. develop in total darkness and use the dip and dunk method, lifting the film holder and letting it drain once every minute.. After pouring out the developer you can give the film a rinse, put the top back on, and do the rest in daylight. Of course if you use an A/B developer, like Diafine, you don't need to concern yourself with agitation and can do the whole process with the top on in daylight. that stuff is really cheap to use, by the way since it lasts for years and can be used almost indefinitely.

        It's real easy to wash and wet the film in this thing.

        I've had one of these for over 40 years. Maybe they made them sturdier back then (they did everything else). It is in just as good condition as it was when I bought it.

        It's much easier to load than the older type rubber tanks' holders. It will handle more sheets of fiom than those without using much more fluid (12 4x5 sheets can be developed in a half gallon of fluid). And used as I described it will deliver immaculate negatives. There's no other tank I'd use for my 4x5 films.

        I'd recommend it to a friend, with these caveats.

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        • No
        • Similar:
        • other developing tanks for roll and 35mm films

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        4.0

        Affordable but messy

        By Clownshoes

        from Homestead, Fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Developing

        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

        Very easy for the lid to come off. Spills easy. If you are trying to be cheap about developing sheet film but don't mind a huge mess.

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        4.0

        Works well

        By Nathalie Z.

        from Jersey City, NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

          I use this product to develop 4x5 film, loading the film is easy. I recommend you tape the top to the sides once you are done loading to avoid the top falling off when shaking the tank during development.

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          1.0

          don't buy this

          By uncle vince

          from sacramento

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Idea

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

            Really poor build quality. I returned the first one I bought only to receive another bad one. I contacted the distributer and they are well aware of the situation and said they would send me a new one. I have to receive.

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            1.0

            I wish I had never bought this

            By Poor Photo Student

            from New York

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction
              • Leaky
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                I bought this because it had passable reviews and it was cheap and seemed easy to use. It is easy to load the 4x5 film into the slots using the guide if you set the guide up before you start loading - if you dislodge the guide in the dark it's a nightmare. It's easy to accidentally load the film crookedly i.e. the top of the film in the first slot and the bottom of the film in the second slot.

                Many times I would open the tank after the fixer and discover that sheets of film had popped out of the slots and stuck together, to my dismay. I did not over-agitate, fully invert the tank, etc. I listened to the directions. The tank seemed to work well for a few months and has recently got progressively worse and worse. I bought it in March and it started to show poor results over the summer. It creates horrendous flow marks on the film, which renders the fiilm useless and completely unprintable. Waste of my time and money. I tried a few different strategies to combat the flow marks - I varied the corner from which I drained the chemicals, I only processed a few sheets at a time rather than 12... nothing worked. No matter what, if I put 4 pieces of cut film in the tank, one will come out perfectly, one will come out good, one will come out semi-passable and one will come out ruined beyond recognition.

                Heatbreaking. I should have bought a different brand tank a long time ago. DO NOT BUY THIS TANK.

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                1.0

                Best to avoid.

                By Matt

                from Leesburg, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive

                Cons

                • Inconsistent Results
                • Poor Construction

                Best Uses

                • Flower Pot
                • Rinse Tank

                Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                Because I don't have an actual darkroom to tray develop my 4x5, I thought I'd try this tank. Sheets of film are not easy to load and it is very easy to double load into one slot or miss the opposite slot and get it slightly crooked. Mine came with a guide for loading the film sheets but it doesn't make life any easier.

                Loading issues aside, my biggest complaint was how uneven the development was. Nearly every sheet I developed in this tank has large patches of overdevelopment along one side. I have switched to the taco method in my normal two reel tank and results have been perfect.

                The other issue is how much chemistry it takes to fill this tank. It's not bad if you're loading every slot, but this was wasteful because I was only doing 4-6 sheets per batch with one-shot development. This tank also leaks like crazy with even the gentlest side to side agitation (it cannot be inverted).

                The only plus is that it drains quite fast while dumping chemistry. Just be sure to hold the lid in place because it's not attached to anything.

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                2.0

                Unstable Build Quality

                By Andy

                from Hong Kong

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Low cost

                Cons

                • Poor Construction

                Best Uses

                • Developing

                Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                My friend has this tank, low cost, function well. So I bought one at B&H[...]Since it is multi-format, the top lid has to 'click stop' at preset height. But it fail to hold its position, it falls all the way to the bottom.I guess it is because the material Yankee used is bad. If you receive it in good shape and use it carefully, it should function very well.

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                5.0

                "I would buy this product again and agai

                By andrea23

                from Italy

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                      Good product and good transaction whit B&H. Thanks !

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                      4.0

                      I plan to buy a couple more...

                      By mka

                      from nj

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Consistent Reactions
                      • Easily Cleaned

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Developing
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                        Use for compact darkroom.

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                        3.0

                        Has it's uses

                        By Nosfera II

                        from Washington state

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                        Many people are not happy using this as a developing tank, I have never tried. It is useful for final rinse or stabilizer bath to keep the rinse aids from gumming up your frightfully expensive Jobo reels.

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                        4.0

                        Cheap and effective, but...

                        By Kristopher Lawrence

                        from Ottawa, Canada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Cleaned

                        Cons

                        • Poor Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Developing

                        Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

                        Well made, can be hard to load in the dark, and avoiding to load sheets two times in the same rack needs some practice.

                        This is backelite-like made, and can look cheap-made.

                        Can get messy since it is not water-tight

                        Takes a lot of chemistry.

                        This being said, it leads to uniform results and it is certainly the most effective way to develop 4x5 film

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