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Re: Kodak Day-Load Tank

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  • Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 01:24:22 -0700
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Ryuji Suzuki" <rs@silvergrain.org>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
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,
but is there anything productive people can do with this

Ryuji Suzuki
Q. What is your real message?
A. Keep a good head and always carry a light bulb.
(Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back, 1965)

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.

Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA