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    Cinestill single step processing

    This is interesting if it works as advertised, at least for lazy people like myself:

    https://fstoppers.com/film/cinestill...d-white-259171

    https://cinestillfilm.com/collection...ution_monobath

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    Re: Cinestill single step processing

    There are other commercially available monobaths:

    https://the-famous-large-small-forma...veloper-1liter

    https://filmphotographystore.com/col...eloper-1-liter

    Monobaths have a long history. This discussion will give you some flavor - and some formulas:

    https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...elopers.10935/
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    Re: Cinestill single step processing

    The advantages with the Cinestill product are the price and (according to Cinestill) more flexibility. If I order 3 litres from Fotoimpex in Germany (postage from the US to Asia is prohibitive), the cost ber roll would be USD 2-2.5, if the quality is really maintained for the 16 rolls that they promise in the marketing.

    However, if it only stays good for half of that, like 8 rolls, the cost doubles to nearly USD 5, which is what I pay at the best, most expensive lab in Bangkok. I might try it anyway though, since my film consumption is increasing, and it would save me the hassle (and cost) of getting the film to the lab.

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    Re: Cinestill single step processing

    I have done B&W and C-41 ColorNegative at home at room temperature
    There is no problems with these in the first period of mixing the solutions, however after
    maximum 3 months the solutions (developer) suddenly goes completely bad and gives
    no more developing power.

    So if you can utilise the chemicals in MAX 3 months you could be OK.
    I don't have time to photograph that much and now I have switched
    to use my local lab for C-41 and E-6. The E-6 chemicals go completely
    bad even faster.
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    Re: Cinestill single step processing

    I highly recommend 3 bath B&W development. The longest shelf life developer is 1l Kodak HC-110 immediately divided into 50ml bottles(brim full, stock strength). Then I recommend Macodirect.de as a source for chemicals. I have stocked up with Agfa fix in 120ml bottles that probably can be used for 6 months when mixed with water.

    https://www.macodirect.de/chemie/sch...bad-120ml?c=29

    I bougth Kodak Indicator stopbath when it wasn't prohibitely expensive and it probably last me a lifetime but probably acetic acid without indicator is much cheaper.

    Then I recommend Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent in the powder form always added a few spoons to the rinsing water before wetting agent. This saves washing water.

    Oh BTW I saw that macodirect can't ship HC-110 outside EU.

    Some cheap Foma developer powder bags for single liters could be an alternative.
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