My observations after developing four rolls of film. The powder dissolves easily and is no trouble to mix. You have three solutions (1) developer (2) blix and (3) stabilizer. The developer is supposed to be at 102 degrees, the blix and stabilizer between 95 and 105 degrees. You also do a pre soak for 1 minute at 102 degrees. Getting the developer to 102 degrees is a slow process you need to be patient. A heater that would maintain 102 degrees would be ideal, but, I don’t know of one that is inexpensive.
The first roll was Lomography 100 120 film taken with the Argus Super Seventy-five. The colors were acceptable, the negatives were lacking in sharpness, but, I can’t blame that on the film or development.
The 2nd roll was Agfa 200 color 35mm. This was shot in an Argus C3. The images for the most part were dark and grainy. This may have been due to under exposure or temperature of developer may have been off.
The third roll was Kodak Ektar 120 was shot in a Yashica Mat and it was close to perfect.
One problem was the negatives had white spots on them. They all seemed to be on the back of the film, so, I wiped them off with a damp cloth. The only other problem is that the blix leaked from my tank. I used two different tanks and it leaked on both tanks. Both tanks are from Arista plastic tanks, one is a single 35mm tank and the other is a double 35mm tank. The developer does not leak just the blix. Very annoying and messy.
I mixed and developed the first two rolls on November 11 and the third roll on November 12. When I went to develop the fourth roll on November 16th I noticed that there was lots of debris floating around in the developer. I strained it through a coffee filter to get rid of the floating debris.
I was worried if this was chemical needed to develop film or not. I probably would not have developed the 4th roll, but I had already loaded the film into the tank before I got the developer out and didn't want to leave it there. The negatives seem a little dense, but, they are drying as I write this, so time will tell. - Edit - The negatives turned out fine.
From what I have read the spots on the negatives are common. One place said to buy Kodak stabilizer and you would not get the spots. Also, from what I have read, the chemistry doesn’t last more than a month. Sources recommend that you hold your film and do it all at once. The one liter kit is good for eight 35mm-36 rolls or eight 120 rolls of film. For me the cost break-even point between mailing film off and self development is 3-4 rolls of film. At this point I am undecided on whether to keep developing color film. I do have five rolls of 120 color film on hand and some 35mm so I may do another kit.