Re: Kodak Day-Load Tank
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ryuji Suzuki" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:45 PM
Subject: Kodak Day-Load Tank
I'm sure this is yet another inferior product from the past,Boy, are you ever opening the flood gates:-) Inferior is a charged word, the tank was intended to allow roll film development without a darkroom or changing bag. I have a similar tank made by Agfa called the Rondinax. Probably thousands of rolls of film were developed in these things but I would not consider them more than curiousities and collector's items now. The instructions for the Kodak tank say to agitate in the clockwise direction only, I suspect the film would come off the spool otherwise. The instructions come from a Kodak booklet for the _Kodak Reference Handbook_ dated 1946 so the tanks were evidently still in production then but its not listed in a darkroom equipment catalogue from about 1948.
A lot of Kodak stuff from this period looks quite cheap and makeshift but much of it actually works quite well. I never tried my Rondinax because its missing a part.
The tank will probably make a nice desk decoration.
Los Angeles, CA, USA