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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

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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 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily cleaned (35)
    • Compact (24)
    • Easy to use (20)
    • Consistent reactions (19)
    • Durable (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)

    Best Uses

    • Developing (39)
    • Photography (18)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photography student (19), Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (61)

    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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    4.0

    Great and Easy to use

    By Emma the Art Student

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing

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

      Having a brand new tank makes a world's difference in the outcome of my film. This tank did not leak, neither light nor fluid, which is fantastic. The only downside is that lid sometimes looks like it is not on all the way, but just press down on it several times.

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      5.0

      Functional

      By Frank

      from Earth

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

      Does its job. It can be tough to get the film onto the reel. It will occassionally get caught about halfway into the first revolution. However, this could be due to not cutting the film perfectly straight.
      Overall a great product.

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      5.0

      Love this tank

      By KT

      from NYC, NY

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Cleaned
      • Easy To Wind
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing

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

        I am very please with this tank. The reels are extremely easy to use, hassle free, and wind smoothly. I like having the option to develop 1 roll or 2.
        Not much else to say about this other than " I LIKE IT!"

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Product

        By Abby

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easily Cleaned

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

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

          This tank is great. I have a little bit of trouble with the reels getting caught. It's a very durable tank, develops great film.

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          • No

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          5.0

          The kit works

          By Lou

          from Springfield, TN

          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):

            The tank works. No fuss and no muss. No seals to worry about losing. No threads to worry about. Cleans up easily and with minimal parts.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent!

            By Clement

            from San Mateo

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Consistent Reactions
            • Easily Cleaned
            • Easy to use
            • Heavy Duty
            • Simple

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Chemical Processing
              • Developing
              • Photography

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

              Perfect system. No problems. It's all that I needed It comes with 2 reels. I highly recommend this to everyone who does not have a dark room to develop in.

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              5.0

              Straightforward and effective

              By Nathaniel K

              from New York

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

              I'm new in film photography and I bought this mainly for the price. But once you figure it all out, loading in the film and pouring chemicals is a cinch.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By emil

              from new york

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easily Cleaned

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Photography

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

                perfect product

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                5.0

                Super nice system!!!

                By P.Eleven

                from Bath, ME

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      It is cheap, it is durable, it seals super tight, it is very straightforward, LOVE IT!!!

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                      3.0

                      Easy to use - hard to close

                      By Brian Krecik

                      from IN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Reactions
                      • Easily Cleaned

                      Cons

                      • Poor Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Photography

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

                      Lid has problems closing, yet I am certain this will get easier the more I use as the plastic top is a snap on and not a screw on. Perhaps if the top were easier to close I could give it more stars.

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                      4.0

                      Works like it should

                      By piranah

                      from Iowa.

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comes With Two Reels
                      • Good Construction

                      Cons

                      • Let Air Out To Avoid Leak

                      Best Uses

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

                        Works well. Did have some leaks if air builds up. You need to "burp" it to prevent it from leaking when developing.

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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

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                              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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