Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)

Paterson Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4)

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
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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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    Paterson PTP115 Specs

    Format 2 x 35mm Film Rolls
    1 x 120/220 Film Roll
    Material Plastic
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 5.55 x 5.5"

    Paterson PTP115 Reviews

    Universal Tank with Two Reels (Super System 4) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 185.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hey Paterson, make a better lid! This is a tried and true system, with one flaw, and everyone knows it. The darn lid doesn't fit / leaks. If it were milkshakes, I'd be like, hey, no big deal. Well, probably not. But it's chemicals that I shouldn't be splashing around my basement. Everyone who uses one of these knows what I'm talking about. You'd think Paterson would care more about protecting the health and safety of their customers. It's simple: come out with a modified lid, no apology necessary. I'll gladly pay to accessorize my tank with the new lid. Come on, you can do it.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does its job real well The funnel lid fits loosely, which makes it a little sketchy to get out of a changing bag once you load it up. I understand that this is by design to an extent, as the can is made to drain out from around the edges of the lid for quick emptying, but it seems to me that it could lock into place a little more securely and still drain this way. Other than that, it does appear to be 100% light tight, includes a sealing snap-on lid if you're into inverting instead of turning the spindle, the funnel lid makes dumping in chemicals super fast and easy, the reels are smooth and nice...does a great job overall for the money. Don't hesitate to buy.
    Date published: 2013-08-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good, durable tank at a reasonable price I've used these tanks to demonstrate film processing in a teaching environment (university photo lab, teaching undergraduates) and to develop my own 35mm and 120 rollfilm. We had a fleet of these in the photo lab. Durability is very good for a plastic tank (the only part I've seen break is the vertical internal tube). The convertible reels are quite durable and easy to load with either 35mm or 120 rollfilm. No problem with light leaks, in my experience. If you invert, you will probably get some drips sneaking past the snap-on plastic lid, but I consider this a minor inconvenience. Overall, this is a good, basic tank for a reasonable price.
    Date published: 2013-01-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tank is good, reels not so much I've had this tank for a couple of years. I haven't had the problem with the lid some have reported--it takes a little extra care to make sure it is sealed, and I figure that in to times. The reels are a bigger problem--with 36-frame 35mm film they leave a few inches hanging off the end, unless you trim both ends right to the exposed frames when loading (not easy to do in the dark!). They are also pretty flimsy, and one I took apart to expand to the 120 setting would not go back together again. I eventually bought a couple of Omega reels and use them with this tank, which works fine, particularly for 35mm.
    Date published: 2018-01-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh plastic!! 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly, great product 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Daylight Tank Available I've been using other tanks, like the old AGFA, Unicolor, Beseler and even older Paterson daylight tanks. The Super System 4 in a welcomed improvement. It is true that this unit is bigger than the others but in the dark bag there are fewer components to deal with. Loading film and installing the funnel top are both easy. The developing chemicals funnel in and flow out quicker than any other of my tanks including the stainless steel ones(through the top). The lid takes more time to attach but what I do is the inital agitation with the agitator handle first, then attach the lid before the next agitation.
    Date published: 2013-04-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Has its issues I used this product as a student last year and continued to use it this year for both 220 and 135 film. However in the last few months of use, the lid has become more and more prone to leaking. I can see it drip when using inversion method, and can smell the developer on me. Better yet, after transporting it to school in a box I found one of the plastic tabs that holds the funnel in to be broken. For 135 it was worth it just for the ease of loading reels, but the more I shoot the more I have just been using steel reels. Good for beginners and ease of use, but it hasn't held up like I want it to.
    Date published: 2016-10-23
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    To do 2 rolls of 36 exposure B&W using HC-110 developer sol. B it would take 20.2 oz ofsaid developer to properly cover the reels in the tank to evenly develop them? To mix thedeveloper 31to 1 is another calculation.
    Asked by: Jerry W.
    Yes, that is correct, you would need 20.2 oz's of chemistry for processing two rolls. Since during the developing/fixing phases agitation is used, I would highly recommend filling the tank to capacity. If half filled, you will cause air bubbles during agitation and if they settle on the film, you will get marks or blemishes on the emulsion.
    Answered by: Chuck C.
    Date published: 2019-02-21


    How much solution in ml is necessary to develop 2 35mm rolls of either 24 or 36 exposures?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The answer to this question is that the tank needs 10 ounces per roll which is 295.7 ml. So for 2 rolls you would need 20 ounces or roughly 600 ml. If you have any more questions please let me know. Also the chemical requirements are printed on the bottom of the tank.
    Answered by: Michael N.
    Date published: 2019-02-21


    How well does it hold solution during rotation of tank?
    Asked by: Pavel L.
    I tend to do inversions with a hand towel draped over the lid. The lid fits very tightly, but sometimes, I suppose it's a chemical reaction, the lid gets vacuumed or sucked in. Which can pull it away from the lip edge. So, it's a soft lid that fits over the tank, but when opening it, you sometimes fight against the air can pop like a pringle can.
    Answered by: Arden D.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    How well does this tank & reel combination maintain initial solution temperature, psrticularly for the developer?
    Asked by: Dennis
    A lot depends on how you use the tank and your ambient temp. I always use a proper temp water bath that the tank sits in--plastic or stainless steel--so temp drift is not an issue for me. That said, plastic tanks typically drift less than stainless. I would suggest doing a test: fill tank with water at your anticipated developer temp, agitate as you plan to with film, at the end of your anticipated development time check the water temp. Adjust for drift, as necessary.
    Answered by: Alan H.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Do we have to use the plastic reels? Can we use steel reels?
    Asked by: Alina Y.
    I have not tried them myself but should be o.k if they fit.
    Answered by: Abdul Hannan A.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Do the spools fit 36 exposures or only 24? (35mm).
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The reels will fit a 36 exposure roll.
    Answered by: Stephen M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Would you recommend buying 2 separate developing tanks? One for B&W and one for C-41?
    Asked by: john m.
    Answered by: Gail
    Date published: 2019-03-30


    It works for 110 film ? Thanks !
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No, the spools standard size is for 35mm and expand to do 120. they will not size down to handle 110
    Answered by: Curtis M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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