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Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)

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Product Highlights
  • Includes Two Multi-Format Reels
  • High-Impact Polystyrene
  • Quick Fill/Dump Top
  • Inversion/Rotary Agitation

The Super System 4 Universal Tank from Paterson 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. It features a unique snap-in light trapping funnel for quick filling and emptying, to ensure even development and precise processing times. The Super System 4 Tank offers a choice of agitation methods; use inversion agitation,  rotary agitation with the removable agitator rod supplied, or a combination of both.

The Paterson Universal Tank holds two 35mm film rolls or a single roll of 120/220 film. It comes with two multi-format reels for 35mm, 126, 127, 120, or 220 rolls.

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 simpler to load, faster to fill and easier to clean than any other tank
A large diameter, one-piece lid and funnel which clips into place positively and securely, enables the tank to be filled and emptied quickly
Use with 35mm, 126, 127, 120, or 220 rolls
Solution capacity Uses less than 300ml (10.1 fl oz) for a single 35mm film
Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)
  • Light Tight Funnel and Lid
  • 2 x One Multiformat Reel
  • Agitator Rod
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    PatersonUniversal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)
     
    4.6

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (19)
    • Easily cleaned (17)
    • Compact (15)
    • Durable (14)
    • Consistent reactions (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (7)

    Best Uses

    • Developing (20)
    • Photography (9)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photography student (14), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (40)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easiest Tank and Reel System

    After having gone through the frustrations and time-consuming efforts of manually loading a steel reel, I can safely say that I will never go back to all that hassle. This reel is SO easy...Read complete review

    After having gone through the frustrations and time-consuming efforts of manually loading a steel reel, I can safely say that I will never go back to all that hassle. This reel is SO easy to load, anybody who says otherwise is obviously doing something wrong or has a defective reel. You slip the end of the film into the slot, past the ball bearings, and then simply twist back and forth 'til you feel the end of the film (a tip would be to keep your thumbs behind the slot where the film goes in while you're loading it so that it doesn't "pop out" like some people claim). It is so, so fast, and absolutely perfect every single time. It will seriously save anyone hours of time in the dark room with continued use.

    As some others have pointed out, the lid isn't the easiest thing in the world to get on, but that's where the agitator stick comes in handy. Pour in your solution, agitate it with the stick to get it going, and then you can spend a handful of seconds making sure the lid is securely on before continuing. Truth be told, I don't mind the fact that the lid is harder to get on, because it means there's a tighter seal and I've never had liquids leak while using this. Use the agitator first, that's what it's there for.

    The other nice thing about this is that you can work pretty quickly since liquids pour in and out of this tank really fast.

    My only dislikes about this product -- and not enough to ding a star, by any stretch of the imagination -- is that it's a lot bulkier than other tanks I've used, and it would be great if they had a way to allow the agitator stick to stay attached to the funnel. It can be somewhat annoying to have to constantly remove and return it every time you dump and pour liquids.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    overall happy, slight problem

    this is the first tank i have ever bought or used. it works well, i love the reels but the tank dribbles from the red ring around it.

    no light leaks...Read complete review

    this is the first tank i have ever bought or used. it works well, i love the reels but the tank dribbles from the red ring around it.

    no light leaks though and thats what is important

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    5.0

    Works perfectly, great product

    By Geoff

    from Brisbane, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Cleaned
    • Easy to use
    • Great Reels

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing

      Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

      I bought this tank for my first efforts at developing film so I wanted something that'd make my life as easy as possible. Like others have said the lid is a little stiff to get on at first, but it loosened up quickly and is really easy to use now. Similarly adjusting the reels was a bit tight to begin with but is now no problem.
      I was really pleased with how well the reels worked, I had no problem getting film wound on, you just twist the reel back and forth and it ratchets the film onto the reel, nice.
      The tank also has the volumes of fluid you need written on the tank itself, which is really useful.

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      4.0

      excellent seller

      By h51300

      from waterbury

      Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

      AAA+

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      5.0

      easy to use

      By rdmarque

      from san diego, ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent Reactions
      • Easily Cleaned

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing
        • Photography

        Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

        Works, but can only fit one roll of 120mm at a time.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product.

        By rkreddy8080

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions
        • Easily Cleaned

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

          Rugged and well built. No leaks to report.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Paterson Universal Tank

          By Kent

          from San Francisco Bay Area

          Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

          Great film developing tank. Does not leak and works like it should. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to develop their own film.

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          5.0

          Super system 4 by Patterson

          By darkroom specialist

          from USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Ease Of Use Reels

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

          The Patterson tank and reels are the best for your darkroom needs. Ease of use; loading and rolling of film for flawless developing. We have used other brands in the 30+ years we have been developing black and white film and find that this Patterson tank and reel system is the best.

          No more stress when rolling and developing film, buy a Patterson tank system.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works well

          By mntony

          from Rochester, MN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Cleaned

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

            As others have mentioned, the rubber lid is tough to get on, but the method of using the little agitator (which rotates the reels) first, then attaching the lid during the rest period works - and it's also recommended in the included directions.

            The reels are easy to load. I last developed film about 30 years ago (!) using a stainless steel reel. These are certainly easier to load. Practice in daylight first with an old roll of film.

            Note the volume of chemicals needed is written on the bottom of the tank (10 oz for 35mm). That's per roll! You'll need 20 oz if you load two rolls.

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            5.0

            2 reel tank

            By silvermazda

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Cleaned

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Developing

              Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

              My film class had these and they worked great. 5 stars for build quality. 3.5 stars on how the lid pops on and seals. Overall great dev tank. ***Comes with 2 reels. So I can do my 120 or 2-35mm rolls.

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              5.0

              sweet

              By outa clemson

              from clemson, sc

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Consistent Reactions
              • Easily Cleaned

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Photography

                Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                paterson system is the best. I've developed film in these things for 27 years. still work the same.

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                5.0

                Does what it's supposed to do

                By Stephanie

                from Clearwater, FL

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                      After using this tank and the reels that come with it to develop negatives for a school photography project, I can say with 100 percent surety that it does what it's supposed to do--easily and quickly roll your film and to keep that film from being exposed to light.

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                      5.0

                      So much Easier!

                      By Danielle

                      from Hawaii

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                            I have been trying and failing with metal reels so this set is a life saver! so much easier than than what I've been doing for months now. Just place it on the reel and it basically does the work for me! if you've been struggling with metal reels, this is for you.

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                            5.0

                            THE tank for beginner and pro developers

                            By mattv87

                            from Henderson, KY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Reactions
                            • Easily Cleaned

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing
                              • Photography

                              Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                              Easy to use tank for beginners and pro developers alike. Look no further. This just works.

                              Really, all you need to decide is what size variation (i.e. number of reels) is right for you.

                              Sometimes I have trouble getting film onto the reel. There are a lot of variables most of which are my fault. My recommendation is to ratchet slowly and all seems to work out just fine.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Very easy to use

                              By Boulder hiker

                              from Boulder, CO

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Cleaned
                              • Easy to Load

                              Cons

                              • Bulky
                              • Fills Slowly

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing

                              Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                              I hadn't developed film since school, and remembering the finicky metal reels was concerned I would botch a few rolls before I got the hang of it again, but once you get them started these plastic reels are shockingly easy to load. It does take some fussing to securely close the lid on the canister, but if you follow the advice in the instructions and do your first agitation with the stirrer you can take your time with the lid.

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                              5.0

                              Works how it should

                              By Brother in law

                              from Wheaton

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Reactions
                              • Easily Cleaned

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Developing
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                Everything works perfectly. The tank is light tight and really easy to use. Except they include a plastic piece that you're supposed to use to rotate which seems like it would be much more of a chore than agitating it by just turning it over.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic

                                By James

                                from Detroit, MI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easily Cleaned
                                • High Quality
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Developing

                                  Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                  Love the quality of this thing, everything fits together nicely, feels sturdy and very high quality.

                                  I'm a student at the College for Creative Studies just learning how to develop black and white film, and my teacher recommended this developing tank. Definitely would recommend for people just getting started with developing all the way to professionals.

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent

                                  By hgraf

                                  from Ontario, Canada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Consistent Reactions
                                  • Easily Cleaned

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Developing
                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                    Very simple to use.
                                    Only thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is it leaks a tiny bit, not a big deal.

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                                    • No

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                                    3.0

                                    overall happy, slight problem

                                    By thomas

                                    from ontario canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Cleaned

                                    Cons

                                    • Leaky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Developing

                                    Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                    this is the first tank i have ever bought or used. it works well, i love the reels but the tank dribbles from the red ring around it.

                                    no light leaks though and thats what is important

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    easy to load, lid leaks

                                    By Mark S

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Leaks

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Developing

                                      Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                      The reels are great. I found them very easy to load. The lid is a little difficult to press on securely and even when it is, mine leaks a bit when agitating the tank.

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                                      5.0

                                      Easiest Tank and Reel System

                                      By Jess

                                      from Bozeman, MT

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Film Loads
                                      • Easily Cleaned
                                      • Fast Film Loading

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Developing
                                      • Photography

                                      Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                      After having gone through the frustrations and time-consuming efforts of manually loading a steel reel, I can safely say that I will never go back to all that hassle. This reel is SO easy to load, anybody who says otherwise is obviously doing something wrong or has a defective reel. You slip the end of the film into the slot, past the ball bearings, and then simply twist back and forth 'til you feel the end of the film (a tip would be to keep your thumbs behind the slot where the film goes in while you're loading it so that it doesn't "pop out" like some people claim). It is so, so fast, and absolutely perfect every single time. It will seriously save anyone hours of time in the dark room with continued use.

                                      As some others have pointed out, the lid isn't the easiest thing in the world to get on, but that's where the agitator stick comes in handy. Pour in your solution, agitate it with the stick to get it going, and then you can spend a handful of seconds making sure the lid is securely on before continuing. Truth be told, I don't mind the fact that the lid is harder to get on, because it means there's a tighter seal and I've never had liquids leak while using this. Use the agitator first, that's what it's there for.

                                      The other nice thing about this is that you can work pretty quickly since liquids pour in and out of this tank really fast.

                                      My only dislikes about this product -- and not enough to ding a star, by any stretch of the imagination -- is that it's a lot bulkier than other tanks I've used, and it would be great if they had a way to allow the agitator stick to stay attached to the funnel. It can be somewhat annoying to have to constantly remove and return it every time you dump and pour liquids.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      4.0

                                      Works as expected

                                      By Cameron

                                      from Toronto, ON, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Developing
                                        • Photography

                                        Comments about Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4):

                                        This is the first development tank I have ever purchased, so I can't review it relative to any other product out there.

                                        Saying this, I am very pleased with the Paterson Universal Tank.

                                        One minor point. Mine arrived with a *very* minimal hairline fracture close to the rim on the outside of the tank. The crack was not present inside the tank. As a precaution, I applied some crazy glue over it just to give it some added strength and to prevent it from getting worse over time.

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