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Paterson Film Processing Starter Kit

Paterson Film Processing Starter Kit

B&H # PAPTP574U MFR # PTP574U

Key Features

  • Ilford SIMPLICITY Starter Pack Chemicals
  • Ilford 35mm Cassette Opener
  • Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels
  • Paterson Thermometer
$10012
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Stearman Press SP-445 Compact 4 x 5" Film Processing System

Stearman Press SP-445 Compact 4 x 5" Film Processing System

B&H # ST445100 MFR # 445100

Key Features

  • Developing Tank with Two Holders
  • Holds Up to Four 4 x 5" Sheets at a Time
  • Requires 16 oz of Solution
  • Liquid Level Indicators
$9600
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$3795
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Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)

B&H # PAUT2R MFR # PTP115

Key Features

  • Includes Two Multi-Format Reels
  • High-Impact Polystyrene
  • Quick Fill/Dump Top
  • Inversion/Rotary Agitation
$3370
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$4595
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Yankee Clipper II Roll Film Daylight Developing Tank

B&H # YARFC15T MFR # RFC-15T

Key Features

  • Supports Multiple Roll Film Sizes
  • One Roll/5-15oz of Chemistry
  • Rotary Style Agitation
$1995
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ars-imago LAB-BOX Developing Tank with 35mm Module Kit (Orange)

B&H # ARLB135KIT MFR # LABBOX1MODORANGE

Key Features

  • Multi-Format Film Developing System
  • Daylight Loading and Processing
  • Includes 1 x 35mm Module
  • Continuous or Intermittent Agitation
$15895
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Expected availability: 4-6 weeks

ars-imago LAB-BOX Developing Tank 2-Module Kit (Orange)

B&H # ARLB2MKORN MFR # LABBOX2MODORANGE

Key Features

  • Multi-Format Film Developing System
  • Daylight Loading and Processing
  • Includes 1 x 35mm and 1 x 120 Modules
  • Continuous or Intermittent Agitation
$19900
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Jobo 1520 UniTank with 1501 Reel

B&H # JOT2R1500 MFR # J1520

Key Features

  • Includes One 1501 Multi-Format Reel
  • For Up to Two Rolls of 35mm or 120
  • Supports Inversion or Rotation Processes
  • Plastic Design
$6499
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Kalt Stainless Steel 35mm Tank with Plastic Cover

B&H # KATSS35 MFR # NP10113

Key Features

  • Light-Tight Plastic Lid with Pouring Cap
  • Easy to Clean
$2395
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Jobo Multi Tank 2 (270 mL)

B&H # JOMT2 MFR # 2520

Key Features

  • Fits One 2502 or 2509N Reel
  • Process Roll Film to 4x5 Sheet Film
  • Use with Rotation Processors
  • Stand and Inversion Processing
$10999
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$8795
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Jobo 2550 Multi Tank 5 (640mL)

B&H # JOMT5 MFR # 2550

Key Features

  • Fits 2502 or 2509n Reels
  • Process Roll Film to 4x5 Sheet Film
  • Use with Rotation Processors
  • Stand and Inversion Processing
$16999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Dot Line Stainless Steel Developing Tank for One 35mm Reel

B&H # DOS35SST MFR # DL-0111E

Key Features

  • Fits One 35mm Stainless Steel Reel
  • Inversion Agitation Method
  • Light-Sealed, Daylight Tank
  • PVC Cap and Lid
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$3350
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$3995
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$6895
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Jobo 1500S LAB Kit M Starter Film Developing Kit (Medium)

B&H # JOBOLAJTRM MFR # 1500M

Key Features

  • Fits Two 35mm/120 Plastic Reels
  • Inversion Agitation Method
  • Light-Sealed, Daylight Tank
  • PVC Cap and Lid
$14999
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ars-imago LAB-BOX Developing Tank with 35mm Module Kit (Black)

B&H # ARLABX1MODBK MFR # LABBOX1MODBLACK

Key Features

  • Multi-Format Film Developing System
  • Daylight Loading and Processing
  • Includes 1 x 35mm Module
  • Continuous or Intermittent Agitation
$17900
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

ars-imago LAB-BOX Developing Tank 2-Module Kit (Black)

B&H # ARLABX2MODBK MFR # LABBOX2MODBLACK

Key Features

  • Multi-Format Film Developing System
  • Daylight Loading and Processing
  • Includes 1 x 35mm and 1 x 120 Modules
  • Continuous or Intermittent Agitation
$21900
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Jobo 1500S LAB Kit L Starter Film Developing Kit with Roller Base (Large)

B&H # JOBOLAJTRL MFR # 1500L

Key Features

  • Fits Two 35mm/120 Plastic Reels
  • Inversion Agitation Method
  • Light-Sealed, Daylight Tank
  • PVC Cap and Lid
$22999
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$2995
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A Guide to Developing Tanks

People use developing tanks with special film reels to develop film rolls or sheets. After loading your film on the reel, you place it in a film developing tank with the chemistry mixture to develop. Most tanks have instructions for the proper amount of developing chemicals for specific film formats. The reel locks onto a center post, and chemicals mix consistently during the process to ensure the film gets a thorough coat. Using film developing tanks with darkroom print washers and dryers helps you develop your film from start to finish.


Types of Film Developing Tanks

Stainless steel and plastic are the two materials used to build developing tanks. Some reels have mechanisms that allow you to adjust them to accommodate different film sizes. Stainless steel tanks are less likely to drip, and thermal capacity decreases, so chemical mixtures aren't as affected by temperature change as they are with plastic tanks. Plastic tanks are cost-effective choices and easy to clean, fill, and empty. Paterson tanks, a popular plastic option for beginners. They are quick-loading, thanks to ball bearing mechanisms on the center posts.


Choosing Film Developing Kits

Some developing kits have tanks that can hold up to six sheets of film, while others are able to hold eight 35mm rolls of film at a time. Selecting kits with accessories such as graduated containers for measuring chemicals and adjustable reels helps beginners by removing the guesswork. AP Photo offers a full darkroom kit that has a graduated cylinder, film washer and dryer trays, a two-reel developing tank, and more useful developing accessories. Basic tank and reel options are also available from Paterson for standard 35mm film processing. With tabletop processors that are plastic, such as some compact daylight tanks with extra reels or graduated cylinders, you can develop in open light.


B&H Photo and Video has multiple film developing kits to consider, including tabletop options. Browse photo chemicals, developing trays, tanks and drums, and other darkroom equipment for your studio.

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