Zen and the Art of Rondinax Developing. For those who want an simple way to dive into home negative developing, I can't think of an easier way of getting started than to get your hand on the Agfa Rondinax 3. U. The Awesomeness of the Rondinax. The Rondinax 3. 5U is daylight film developing tank, meaning that you don't need a darkroom for developing 3. For those people who previously have used traditional plastic / steel tanks to load film, you are are in for a treat: No Darkroom Required.
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You might need a change bag for certain situations, but I'll cover that later. Spooling Film is no fuss! This is great for beginners. You just put the clamp on the film and the Rondinax will almost do all the rest for you. Although I can now easily spool film now, I still prefer the Rondinax I have minimal contact with the film.
Instruction Manual for the Agfa Rondinax 35U Daylight Developing Tank The original manual is printed on A6 size paper in landscape format. The first few pages form a fold.
This means less scratches and scuffs on the negative. That is always a plus. Minimal Amount Developer Needed. I think the smallest single developing tanks use 3. Rondinax only uses 2. Save your precious developer fluid. Its very economical, especially for colour development.
Download your user’s guide AGFA : it's FREE! Download AGFA RONDINAX 35U manual for free. Detailed Instructions for Using the Agfa Rondinax 35 U Tank The Rondinax 35 U developing tank may be used for daylight develop ment of all types of commercial film cassettes, and also for most. AGFA RONDINAX 35 U Daylight Developing Tank for 35 mm. Films Type No. CONTENTS IN ALPHABETICAL page ORDER the Karat cassette the Leica cassette the Photavit cassette the Robot cassette Intermediate rinse Opening the Rondinax 35 U Preparation (see Introduction) Reassembling the tank Summarised instructions Temperature control Winding in the film page 16 18 18 15 Cleaning the Rondinax 35 U Clipping in the film end.
Colour and B& W - though the instructions in the manual are for B& W film, its just as easy (so long as you keep your temperatures constant) to develop colour film with a Tetenal c- 4. Very consistent development - I've developed in tanks and the Rondinax, I've always gotten the most consistent results out of the Rondinax over my other tanks. The sub- awesomeness of the Rondinax. So whats bad about the Rondinax?
There are a few things to consider: One film at a time: Rondinax is a film- at- a- time type of tank. This means that it can take a lot of time, especially if you do colour development. I don't mind at all, if I wanted speed I'd shoot digital : )Its made of Bakelite: There is nothing wrong Bakelite if you take care of it, however it doesn't seem to age a well as other plastics. I've had a couple of chips in my Rondinax, but nothing a bit of super glue couldn't fix. Temp Control: - The Thermometer doesn't go up to 3. C for colour development, so you'll just need to buy an extra thermometer. Needs the film leader out.
This is a nuance with modern 3. By default, many automatic cameras will rewind the film all the way into the canister. The film leader, that small strip at the end with perforations only one edge gets sucked in. Well, you'll need to have the leader out.
I know of two methods for retrieving: film leader retriever and cracking the film open in a darkbag. I haven't used a film leader retriever before but have used the darkbag method several times. What you'll need is the film canister, can opener, Rondinax, and darkbag. Once in the darkbag, crack open the film from the bottom (not the top bit with the plastic bit sticking out). Place the film in the Rondinax and spool it. Other Stuff 'bout the Rondinax. What amazes me is these boxes has been around for 5.
It was based of a patent by Ernst Leitz dating to the late 1. Leica?) and the design and use is very efficient and user friendly. Later Leitz partnered with Agfa to make Rondinax that I use.
Here is a great link on the Rondinax's history, though you'll have use a translation program as its in Francaise. What should you pay for your Rondinax? Its a bit of a mixed bag - I have paid as much as $1. NZ (for the first one) and recently I pounced on a $4. Buy Now on Trademe. You can see cheaper Rondinax's on Ebay, but by the time you are done with shipping and exchange rates the price comes closer to $8. NZD. Note, if you do see one on Ebay, don't be afraid to ask the seller if they will ship it to NZ, even if its plastered on their listing that they will not ship overseas.
I've found most sellers will actually ship to NZ (must be some of that Hobbit charm). If you are looking for a rondinax manual, click here.
If you are looking for more detailed how- to of using it, check out this superb Rondinax introduction from aperturepriority. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any English videos of how to use the Rondinax 3. A couple of final tips: If you have manual rewind camera, don't wind the film all the way into the cartridge, leave a little something for your friend, the Rondinax. When spooling your film, don't ever tug needlessly after you meet resistance.
Use the Rondinax cutting lever as soon as you feel a firm tug. If you are not sure, check the exposure counter to see where you are at (eg if its pointing at 3. The only time I messed up a roll in the Rondinax was when I pulling too tightly after feeling the first sign of resistance. While it is Daylight box (meaning that you don't need a dark room or dark bag), having a changing bag is going to be really useful for emergency situations such as removing stuck film in the camera or the above mentioned film leader rewind problem. Parting Thoughts. This is a very well designed daylight box - its perfect for beginners or extremes amateurs such as myself.
Though I may overpaid for my Rondinax, I am reminding of the words of Gucci who said "Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten".