Developing a Roll of ILFORD 120 Black and White Film (Podcast 477)

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Developing a Roll of ILFORD 120 Black and White Film (Podcast 477)

We continue our a mini-series of Film Fun videos, and today is the big day! In this week’s video we develop a roll of black and white ILFORD 120 medium format film.

The podcast released for this episode is just an iPhone optimized low resolution version of the full sized video, which will enable you to view during your commute etc. but to see any detail, it’s best to view the full sized video below.

Here’s a run down of the entire Film Fun series.

  • Part #1 – Loading and Unloading a Yashica-D TLR Camera with 120 Medium Format Film (see here)
  • Part #2 – Feeding 120 Film into a Paterson Reel for Developing (see here)
  • Part #2b – Feeding 120 Film into a Paterson Reel inside the Changing Bag (see here)
  • Part #3 – Developing a Roll of ILFORD 120 Black and White Film (video below)
  • Part #4 – Scanning Medium Format 120 Film (see here)

Although I shot film for around 20 years until around 2000, I never had the chance to develop my own, so this whole experience has been very new to me and a LOT of fun. I won’t spill the beans on what happens in part three just yet, but as I mention a few times in the videos, I am sharing this first time experience with you, blow-by-blow, warts and all.

Below the videos you’ll also find links to everything that you need to develop your own film on B&H. Figuring this out was one of the largest hurdles, so I hope that will be useful for you too.

Here’s the main video for Part #3!

Here are the links to all of the products required for this process on B&H Photo. You can help to support the podcast by using these links. Use this link if you don’t see the products below: http://mbp.ac/bhfdp


Show Notes

See this video on our Vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/martinbailey

See our Recommended Film Developing Products page on B&H: http://mbp.ac/bhfdp

Music by Martin Bailey


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4 Comments
  • inancy
    Posted at 14:15h, 21 June Reply

    Martin – check out the Massive Dev Chart application at http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.php It is a great app for calculating different times and dilutions.

  • Tony Pipitone
    Posted at 08:52h, 25 June Reply

    Hi Martin – Have you tried this for developing:
    http://shop.new55.net/collections/frontpage/products/r3-monobath-developer

    also check out:
    http://theartofphotography.tv/episodes/developing-film-in-one-step-instant-processing/

    I have also been looking at some Bronica Etrs but haven’t pulled the trigger yet

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:26h, 25 June Reply

      Hi Tony,

      Wow! That’s witchcraft!! 🙂

      It looks very interesting, and probably great if just developing the film is the goal. Personally, I wanted to learn how to do this, and so I’ll stick with my current process for a while. Monobath looks so easy it would take much of the “fun” out of the process for me at this point. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing the links though. I’ll keep this in mind for the future, and I’m sure it will be useful for others too.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

      • Tony Pipitone
        Posted at 00:09h, 27 June Reply

        Yes, I see your point. The process is almost meditative….also comes with great satisfaction. I haven’t processed film in 35 years or so…unfortunately I only have around 5 or 6 prints from that time. Misplaced all the negatives. I am still checking for a used Bronica or Mamiya.

        Take Care

        Tony

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