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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 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily cleaned (15)
  • Compact (9)
  • Consistent reactions (8)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Developing (20)
  • Photography (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (4), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

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

Good Product

By RB

from Chicago, IL

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Reactions
  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Photography

    Comments about Yankee Cut Film Daylight Developing Tank:

    Easy to use. Does the job.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      • No

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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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      • No

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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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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          • No

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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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Similar:
          • other developing tanks for roll and 35mm films

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            • No

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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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              • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                  • No

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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