The Film Developing Starter Kit
NB: price includes free UK Tracked Shipping!
The Developing Starter Kit has been designed to provide you with the essential kit to begin developing at home!
- 1 x Universal Film Tank
- 2 x Film Developing Reels
- 2 x 600ml Graduates
- 1 x 150ml Graduate
- 1 x Thermometer
- 1 x Film Squegee
- 2 x Film Clips
This is all the 'hardware' needed to get your exposed film through to fully developed and dry, ready for scanning/printing!
If you have any questions or concerns please email us or call us on 01494 614514 and we will be very happy to help.
Where we ship
When you buy your developing kit from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Film Developing Starter Kit today and dive into the fun of home development!
Does exactly what it says. All I needed was chemicals - apparently there's a lot of choice!
As a beginner at this I chose a intro pack from Ilford.
The developing kit had all I needed except a dark space to load my film. I made a bag from old heavy canvas and a rug! It worked.
If your just starting out this has more than you need, as you could replace the measuring tubes with other things, your just measuring quantities. The thermometer is great, small scale so easy to get it bang on!
Best part is, I could actually develop my own negatives at home, nervous at first but actually really straight forward.
Now I need to get a good method of scanning them.
I've never developed film at home before so this was a new area to me. I purchased this kit as it seemed to fit the bill and so far i'm quite pleased.
It's simple to use, everything works well, and it's many many times cheaper to develop yourself so the kit pays for itself fairly quickly.
If I can pick on anything I would say that the lid to the developing tank was a little stiff at first but everything became more snug after a couple of uses and fits perfectly.
Everything you need except the chemicals is included with no unnecessary extras, and all parts fulfill their purpose just fine. I'm quite happy with my purchase.
great quality, contains all what's needed for home developing. Love the film tank build.
Downside is it came with a black&white thermometer without specifying in the desrcibtion and can't use it with colour developing!
As I'm getting back into film photography again, I thought I would assemble some dark room kit. I started with buying one of these convenient sets and worked from there. Everything is solidly made and easy to use. And great fun! It's worth buying an extra 600ml measuring graduate, some mixers and a pair of film clips, if you're getting into this for the first time. You'll need a cartridge opener too, and of course, a changing bag if you don't have a light tight room. But for a reasonable outlay, you can be developing your own film in no time!
I started home developing as the lockdown seemed like a good time to learn. In the last month, I've developed 7 films which have been a mix of b&w and colour in both 35 and 120 format using this kit. Luckily, all have worked and so with this is mind I'd say the following:
- The kit is super straightforward to use and works really well. I was surprised at just how easy it is to use so I'd say to anyone who is considering giving it a try, go for it.
- You can do two reels of 35mm at the same time but bear in mind you only have one set of clips in this pack so you'll need another pair to weigh both negatives down as they dry.
- The thermometer is great but only goes to 30C which was too low for some some of the film I was pushing so I had to guess (worked fine).
- I've seen some people online say not to use these squegees because it can scratch the film. I use it because I live in an area of really hard water and when I didn't use it, I got lots of water marks. Now I use the squegee I don't have any water mark issues and I haven't seen any scratches. This might be partly because I heat up the squegee before use in hot water to soften the rubber and wash anything off that might scratch the film. I then use the squegee multiple times but with little pressure.
Good luck home developing!