MOD54 MOD54 Large Format Film Processor

MOD54 Large Format Film Processor

MOD54 Large Format Film Processor

B&H # MOMOD54 MFR # 1174296
Expected availability: Feb 6, 2019

Product Highlights

  • Accepts 6 Sheets of 4 x 5" Sheet Film
  • For Use in Paterson 3-Reel Tank
  • Easy to Load Design
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MOD54 1174296 overview

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The MOD54 Large Format Film Processor is a 4 x 5" sheet film holder for use in conjunction with a Paterson Super System 4 PTP116 three-reel developing tank. This holder accepts up to six sheets of a 4 x 5" large format sheet film and permits standard inversion-type agitation methods during development.

The holder is designed with a notch system, similar to 4 x 5" film itself, to facilitate easier loading and to ensure the emulsion side of the film is facing inward for greater protection against scratching.

UPC: 019498174292
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MOD54 Large Format Film Processor
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  • Printed Instructions
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    MOD54 1174296 specs

    Capacity Accepts up to 6 sheets of 4 x 5" film
    Compatibility Compatible with Paterson Super System 4 PTP116 3-reel developing tank
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 4.1 x 4.0"

    MOD54 1174296 reviews

    MOD54 Large Format Film Processor is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uneven development This thing was a dream that was too good to be true. I read a lot about how this was a pain to load and that the negatives fall out both of which are very untrue. If you can't load this you shouldn't be shooting large format. The negs stay in there nicely as well. My gripe with this product is that development is uneven and therefore I will never use this again. As you can see in the picture the MOD54 bends the negs in a sort of taco shape. There pressure from the two tabs result in uneven developing. I will be going back to trays unfortunately.
    Date published: 2014-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use If you're used to developing with the paterson universal tanks for other formats then mod54 is for you! When I migrated to 4x5 format from 35mm 3 years ago, the only budget daylight tank available was the HP Combi Plan 4 x 5. HP Combi Plan 4 x 5 got the job done but the learning curve was a little steeper coming from 35mm. (I know this is a review of mod54 but I wanted to give you the full perspective of how it compares to an alternative product). Several complaints I had for the HP Combi :1) funneling and draining chemicals took at least 1min, a minute too long for consistent developing 2) having to twist the air valve every time you want to empty or fill the tank 3) tank leaked even when sealed properly when agitatingWith the mod54 all these complaints were addressed, filling and emptying the tank with chemicals is just as if you're developing 3x35mm film. The only difference is loading the film and it loads loosely but when agitating with the Paterson stick in the circular motion, the film doesn't pop out. I highly recommend mod54 if you are coming from 35mm background
    Date published: 2013-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great film holder all round. I have always used a Jobo 2521 drum with a 2509 reel, but unfortunately someone seems to have borrowed it... I was initially skeptical about the MOD54, but after using it a few times all of the concerns I had have been proven wrong. I easily get consistent results. I was initially a little concerned that the film might pop out, but once it is in it is fairly secure as long as you don't get too aggressive with agitation - I'd recommend circular rotation with the centre stem agitator. Loading is a little fiddly, but once I found a way that worked for me, it became easy. It uses less chemistry than the Jobo, too, which is always a good thing! An all round great way to develop 4x5 film, I would definitely recommend it.
    Date published: 2014-07-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from MOD 54 works! I bought this thing for two reasons. 1. I don't have a darkroom. 2. I didn't want to take a chance on scratching my 4x5 film by tray developing. I didn't have a room that was totally black in the daytime. This allows me to develop film (with a dark bag) anytime. It is suggested not to develop say just two sheets, but I've had no problems in doing just that! I would give it 5 stars, but the price is a little high AND mine had some cracks (stress maybe) at the top. I needed to use it immediately so I didn't send it back. Overall, I'm very happy with the Mod54.
    Date published: 2014-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and reliable I borrowed it a couple of times from our local community darkroom (Gowanus Darkroom) and decided to buy one despite the price. You need to get used to loading it but after that it's great. It does take more practice than what you'd think, so better have 6 disposable sheets of 4x5 before you try. I usually use a Nikor tank that is hard to find on ebay and expensive and it has frequent artifacts. Nikor fits 12 sheets, so if it's higher volume. But I get around 10-20% artifacts on film when fully loaded, so I was looking for alternatives. I bought it in a Paterson kit PAT353K (should be listed in accessories) and with that I can do some serious processing if I combine it with my Nikor partially loaded and borrow another MOD54 from the darkroom. Overall tray processing or a Jobo processor (we have one at Gowanus with a 4x5 drum) could be better for larger volumes but come on - who can do it at home. This is a really well designed piece that works as close as perfect as you can get with 4x5 film once you get used to it.
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Not one slipped negative, took me only two sheets before getting the hang of feeling for the notches for the sheets to fit into, no problems with sheets touching or slipping out while even using intense agitation. Only thing to watch out for it to ensure that you put it right way up in the tank. It doesn’t cause any light leaks however it’s easier to agitate with the supplied agitation stick.
    Date published: 2017-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific 4x5 developing I’ve used Patterson tanks for 12 years without a problem. The Mod 54 is terrific. Same developing techniques, reliable results. I learned to load in daylight, using 6 old sheets of film and practicing while I watched TV. It did take me 8-10 times to get it down but then in the changing bag it went perfect. Buy just the inserts if you have the larger double roll tank already.
    Date published: 2018-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very useful thing for the large format photographer I think MOD54 will allow me to significantly reduce development time compared to how I developed one sheet at a time before.
    Date published: 2015-11-10
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