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Re: Kodak Day-Load Tank

I have the Agfa tank somewhere. On more than one occasion I used it after covering a news event to develop film while the reporter drove us back to the office. Worked like a charm. When we got back to the office, I'd give the film a quick wash, dry it and we'd have prints within the hour.

-greg schmitz

On Fri, 19 Oct 2007, Richard Knoppow wrote:

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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