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Inexpensive Super 8 home processing tank made from PVC drain pipes

25 comments

Comment from: thys heyns
thys heyns

Hi there. I’m quite a handy man, but can’t figure out what the hell a super 8 home processing tank is? is it for photography? Thanks Thys

01/18/09 @ 10:26
Comment from: Allyn Laing, Australia
Allyn Laing, Australia

Hello,

this is by far the most impressive do it yourself i’ve seen - just wondering if I attempt it, do you have a recipe for the processing chemicals? or any advice on quantities

Allyn

02/24/09 @ 04:57
Comment from: tessa
tessa

this is amazing. i’ve been doing some serious research about home processing tank construction and this is wonderful. how many meters will it process in a single go? .amazing.
thank you, thank you.

03/03/09 @ 18:51
Comment from: xavier maheu
xavier maheu

very nice contraption ! how much solution does it takes to fill the tank?

04/07/09 @ 20:20
Comment from: john  
john

I may have missed something! How am I supposed to use this thing? I don’t want to expose my undeveloped film to light. I want to load my film in total darkness(of course.)Is this easily done with my ’seeing-eye’ fingers? Thanks.

07/02/09 @ 23:54
Comment from: tim
tim

hey great tip, give us more info about the process or something else.

09/18/09 @ 00:23
Comment from: unclemack  
unclemack

are slinkys made from stainless steel i wonder? you know, the kid’s toy that “walks” down stairs. a spiral groove in the right size pipe… expanding or contracting the slinky a little by rotation of one end will be possible. is there an anti-halation layer on the back of movie film? if so a stainless rod cylinder for the slinky would be better. don’t shoot movie myself so someone else is gonna have to go to the toyshop with the magnet… i bumped into this forum by accident but message me if the slinky really is chem. proof & you want to know how to build a stainless rod cylinder without welding. ‘bye now.

10/12/09 @ 18:22
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peaceman

I love the slinky idea :)
Yes, there sometimes is anti-halation layer, which is annoying. A steel cylinder would have the disadvantage of pretty quickly getting solution’s temperature down though.

10/12/09 @ 20:10
Comment from: aaronsouply
aaronsouply

yes i agree with several others before me you should also post a good how to for processing film… i recently bout a Keystone Capri K28 and would love to use it but i don’t know much about 8mm so i need to figure out the right kind of film and a way to process it.

03/02/10 @ 03:08
Comment from: Rory
Rory

Hi there. Great resource, just starting to research super 8 coming out of uni. This page said I was a reported spammer? Not sure why.

Anyway, If you’d like to get ripped in 4 weeks then visit….

04/10/10 @ 04:16
Comment from: Lachlan Tilev
Lachlan Tilev

ok so i’ve made the processing tank….now how do i use it?

08/03/10 @ 00:37
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Rodrigo de Araujo  
Rodrigo de Araujo

Hello, wonderful post! I am Brazilian and it is very difficult to sue an 8mm here. Searching on other sites, I found these instructions. It seems fantastic. I’m 26 years old and since I was 8 years old, I keep two cartridges that I filmed, but I haven’t a chance to process the filmed material. I have a huge care for this stuff and I can’t find opportunity and enough money to work it. I would like to give you a suggestion: it would be very helpful to readers a simple home video teaching building and mainly handling the tank, to lessen the chance of things going wrong, after all, in cases like mine, material is very important and the fear begins to prevail over the action of bringing images to life. Thank you very much, very nice anyway!

10/22/10 @ 01:36
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peaceman

Good idea. I might make such a video – certainley on Super-8 then :) Stay tuned.
And don’t wait too long with your old cartridges, the latent image fades over time.

10/22/10 @ 08:49
Comment from: Charles-William Fradet
Charles-William Fradet

Amazing. Thanks

03/12/11 @ 19:04
Comment from: Charles-William Fradet
Charles-William Fradet

Guys, this is only the tank. You have to go into a dark chamber and follow a developping process. Lets say E-6 process. Of course you gotta get a the chemistry you need for that. Good luck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-6_process

03/12/11 @ 19:08
Comment from: steven potter  
steven potter

this is for development and processing of super and 8mm film stock,exposed,,you run the chemicals through the film tube core with processing chemicals in a dark room under red light,,then wash the film same way through the tubes,,you have to find chemical solution mix and stop bath,wash solution,,wrap you footage and develop then cut and hang dry,,yes someone should post a do it yourself video of the process,,be exact in chemicals,,go to kodak.com for chemical process plans,,,and buy chemical solution,,all you need at kodak,,,

03/30/11 @ 00:08
Comment from: steven potter
steven potter

oh and a great way to process your old kodachromw film that has been stoped processing everywhere on earth,,son if you ahve kodachrome still,,you can now try to process it,,,super 8,great,,,love this thing,,,yipeee,,,

03/30/11 @ 00:12
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rireesowl
rireesowl

You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material

06/07/11 @ 15:11
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pm
pm

thanks, very helpfull post.

06/20/11 @ 05:51
Comment from: Simon
Simon

Truely ingenious.

One problem, how would you keep the chemical temperature within range. I’m interested in developing negative film and 38 degrees is ‘fairly’ important.

The increased surface area would rapidly reduce chemical temperature.

06/21/11 @ 13:11
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Xavier
Xavier

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11/04/11 @ 12:58
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arefcardi1977
arefcardi1977

You got some really good information here which is very well written. You seem to know every detail about this topic. Keep up the good work. =-=

12/20/11 @ 03:13
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02/26/12 @ 03:37
Comment from: Drew Whitney  
Drew Whitney

Has you had any problem controlling the temperature with this thing? Does the color turn out right? Is it as good as a Lomo tank?

04/19/12 @ 07:58
Comment from: Shadowkrab
Shadowkrab

http://www.peaceman.de/blog/index.php/weitergefuhrt-super-8-selbstentwickeln It shows the rest of the home development setup but is distant and features no assembly or chemicals necessary. Figured maybe it’s a step in the right direction for someone who can dissect the image reassemble it and share with everyone..

05/04/12 @ 21:48