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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 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (45)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily cleaned (28)
    • Compact (19)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Consistent reactions (15)
    • Durable (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)

    Best Uses

    • Developing (32)
    • Photography (14)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photography student (16), Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53)

    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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    CAUTION!!!

    I've been using this tank for several months now. Does it do what it is supposed to do as a developing talk? Yes. But there is a big caveat at least as far...Read complete review

    I've been using this tank for several months now. Does it do what it is supposed to do as a developing talk? Yes. But there is a big caveat at least as far as I am concerned. Rolls of 24 exposure 35mm film load without problem. BUT a roll of 36 just will NOT load properly. I can get between 24 and 28 frames on to the spool and then the spool freezes up. It got to the point where my 36s are laying in the freezer while I only shoot 24s. Recently, I forgot (give me one star) and loaded a roll of 36 in my camera. Tried to develop it with this product and only was able to load 27 frames. I lost 9 images... important images for a project i am working on. I think the issue is in the construction. You start loading the widest circumference circle and and it continue to feed inward to progressively smaller circles. And eventually, it gets stuck. I am going dump the Paterson spools and go with Hawes -- stainless steel and load from the inside out. So my advice... be forewarned if you shoot rolls of 36.

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    2.0

    Ugh plastic!!

    By JT75

    from Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Reels

    Cons

    • Leaks

    Best Uses

    • Developing

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

    First off let me state that I've never been a fan of plastic tanks and reels as mainly due to the fact that I trained on only steel units some 20 odd years ago. However with all that being said this tank will do the job, and the adaptability of the reels to fit various sizes of film is a plus. The reason for only two stars is that I can never get the lid to seal good and and usually end up leaking chemistry everywhere. Also, it tends to require more chemistry to completely cover the film, more than in my steel tanks. For the price it is an OK unit but if I had to do it over again I would have spent the extra money for another steel tank and reels.

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    4.0

    Works Great

    By Mike

    from Lawrence, KS

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Mine does not leak at all. Works great. Pours in and out fast.

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          4.0

          Always wondered if these things worked..

          By Tim L Lowe

          from Colombia and US

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Cleaned
          • Easy to Load

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Huge

          Best Uses

          • Developing

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

          I just developed my first roll of 120 with my new Patterson Tanks. I always wondered if it was easier to use than the standard steel tank and reel I'm used to. May first impression is, it is ENORMOUS. At least twice as big as a standard steel tank. Second impression is it's impossible to invert. You have to agitate my sticking something in the mouth and turning the reel. You can seal it up with a very tight fitting and difficult to operate cap. But if you actually filled the tank with chemicals, it would take at least 3/4 of a liter. It also feels like inverting it would cause the whole thing to fall apart.Loading the reel was fairly easy. Remember to put a scissors in your changing bag because snipping the corners off the 120 film did seem to help in loading it. It went on the reel much faster than I expected. When I was finished with the stop and opened the tank I found my film was wound all the way to the center of the reel. No idea how that happened.Clean-up was easy. I suppose I'll use it again. I'm not certain I'll ever prefer it to my really expensive German reels. It is the only way I could process 220 so I'm eyeing 220 backs on KEH...

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          5.0

          Sample of super design

          By lordvader67

          from Bs As Argentina

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Consistent Reactions
          • Easily Cleaned

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing

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

            Works so fine. Simple to use and clean. Durable.

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            5.0

            Works with 36 exp. film!

            By Steve

            from San Diego

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

            I read that this does not fit 36 exposure rolls but bought it anyways since it was recommended to me. I'm happy to say it holds all 36 exposures with room to spare! Very easy to use.

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            4.0

            Easy and efficient

            By Nat

            from harlem

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

            the developing tank is very easy to use although it takes time to get use to loading the film into the reels in a dark room. It's not entirely easy to find the beginning of the reel

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            5.0

            New to film development

            By Tim

            from Horsham, PA

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

            I'm new to developing film and bought this tank with reels because I shoot 120 and 35mm. It's very easy to use, but the directions are vague on how to extend the reels for different size film. I thought I might break them by forcefully turning it clockwise to separate the sides, but it turns out they're remarkably well built and sturdy. Each notch is for a different film size and loading the film was very easy and it loads smoothly without having to arch the film too much and risk damaging. The tank is light tight and after a few practice rounds, I got the timing down that I can empty and fill with the next chemical in about 15 seconds. Holds 2 reels of 35mm and one real of larger format films. Agitation is easy and smooth, too. Volumes are imprinted on the bottom of the tank for reference. Very happy with this tank and reels.

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            5.0

            Happy with this purchase

            By Jules

            from New York

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

            Tank and reels are easy to use and effective. Great buy. I'm running film multiple times during the week and these tanks are durable and easily portable.

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            5.0

            Great item

            By Sionecinco

            from San Jose

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

            Thanks b&h for the fast shipping and great product

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            4.0

            Good Tank

            By Jake

            from Pittsburgh

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

            I was pleased with this tank. I had some difficulty loading the film onto the reel but other than that it works really well

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            2.0

            CAUTION!!!

            By Ed on the Streets

            from Lehigh Valley, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Cleaned

            Cons

            • Inconsistent Results

            Best Uses

            • Developing

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

            I've been using this tank for several months now. Does it do what it is supposed to do as a developing talk? Yes. But there is a big caveat at least as far as I am concerned. Rolls of 24 exposure 35mm film load without problem. BUT a roll of 36 just will NOT load properly. I can get between 24 and 28 frames on to the spool and then the spool freezes up. It got to the point where my 36s are laying in the freezer while I only shoot 24s. Recently, I forgot (give me one star) and loaded a roll of 36 in my camera. Tried to develop it with this product and only was able to load 27 frames. I lost 9 images... important images for a project i am working on. I think the issue is in the construction. You start loading the widest circumference circle and and it continue to feed inward to progressively smaller circles. And eventually, it gets stuck. I am going dump the Paterson spools and go with Hawes -- stainless steel and load from the inside out. So my advice... be forewarned if you shoot rolls of 36.

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            5.0

            The best ever

            By A

            from Netherlands

            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):

              Used to have the older version, this is as good as (it gets). I use it for 120 rolls and having 2 reels makes it easy to do many rolls in a row. Allowing the "second" one to dry. Easy to load, no leakage. No negs.

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              5.0

              Great for DIY Film

              By Sully

              from Washington DC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Consistent Reactions
              • Easily Cleaned

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Developing
              • Photography

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

              This tank is a must-have for anyone developing their own film. Don't bother with the steel reels because it's not worth the wasted film and effort.

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              5.0

              Solid product

              By Dustin

              from Charlotte N.C.

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

              No complaints here!
              Solid construction
              Light tight
              Water tight
              Reels load and unload easily
              Develop one or two rolls at a time
              24 or 36 exposures

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              5.0

              Works Fine

              By Louis

              from Louisville, KY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Cleaned

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing

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

                Two rolls in and no issues. Works well as intended.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good Package Deal

                By Larry

                from Newport Beach California

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

                A pretty reliable tank and feel system! The price is right and havnt had any problems with mine. Just make sure the lid is pressed all the way on!

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                5.0

                Great Tank

                By Minolta xgm

                from California

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

                Used it a few times no leaks, no problems, sturdy construction and easy to get film onto the reel in darkness!

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                5.0

                Really Great, Does its job!

                By JillianJayhawk

                from Wichita, KS

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easily Cleaned

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Developing
                  • Photography

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

                  I use the tank to develop my blank and whites at home. It's very sturdy and does its job very well. It's plastic, so I'm worried about it lasting very long as I just recently purchased it, however, based on others reviews, it seems to be very durable!

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                  5.0

                  Product works well.

                  By Black and White Film Photographer

                  from Redwood City, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Cleaned

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing
                    • Photography

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

                    I process black and white film in my kitchen sink. The Paterson tank allows me to develop 2 rolls of 35mm film at a time (or 1 roll of 120 film). Both the tank and reels are well constructed and are simple to use. Make sure you click the lid closed on the film loaded tank before you remove it from your changing bag.

                    So far, I've processed 3 rolls of film and the results were excellent. It's great that I feel confident the tank is operating well, so I can concentrate on my film processing procedure.

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                    4.0

                    Decent Tank

                    By Kaylie Kay

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Reactions
                    • Easily Cleaned

                    Cons

                    • Chipping

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing
                    • Photography

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

                    The best thing about plastic reels is being able to pull them apart after developing to get your film out.

                    This is the second tank I bought from b&h, and my only problem is that the black coating started chipping on the inside after one use. This has never happened to any plastic tank I've used, but had the issue on this one.

                    Will see what happens on the next use.

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