Universal Developing Tank - 2 Reels

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The Super System Universal Developing Tank!

The critical piece of home-development kit: this is where you will hold your films (either 2 x 35mm or 1 x 120, 127 or 620 at a time) while they are put through the various stages of development: develop, stop, fix and wash.

An ingenious light-proof system means that you can pour the chemicals in and out of the tank in full light, and it comes with a water-tight plastic lid for when you need to agitate the film (fancy term for shaking it to make sure the chemicals get all over the reel!)

The included 35mm reels have a mechanism for easy winding when in the dark: catch the start of each roll of film and then move one side back-and-forth to advance the film quickly and gently.

Where we ship

When you buy your darkroom accessories from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Paterson Universal Developing Tank today and dive back into the fun of film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
oliver stevenson

Will last you forever, just be careful about liquid leaking around the lid. Do the lid up tightly and you won't have any issues. Have had no issues with light leaks on the tank. The reels are well made and adjust to fit in the different formats, which is very handy. The reels have to be completely dry though before you load the film in, or else I've found the film can get very tense towards the end of the roll and you may struggle getting it all to go into the reel.

David Theriault
its success is in the design

My recently purchased Paterson universal tank is the same brilliant design as when I took up photography in my teenage years in the '70's. Absolutely fit for purpose. Key thing for me is how easy it is to thread the film onto the reel in the dark. I shoot 35mm and 120, this is easily handled by the way the reels lock into the two sizes. Highly recommended.

Does the job

This tank is a great workhorse for developing. At first the spools are a bit tight, hard to open, but with time they loosen up. Easy to use, what more could you want?

Jim Graves
Does the job.

Paterson Universal System Tanks are easy to use and open the world of developing to beginners for not a lot of cash. It's great quality too and will last for years.

Love it!

I bought this to try out home developing while we’re all on lockdown (a familiar story, I’m sure). Tried it out for the first time today and was absolutely delighted with the results - I managed to process two rolls of HP5 with no problems whatsoever and the magic of seeing your own negatives come to life is just wonderful! I think this one will be a hobby that sticks.

The tank remained leak free throughout, it was easy to pour chemicals in and out, and I found the instructions (on the Patterson website) very straightforward. I used the Ilford simplicity kit which I’d also really recommend for a beginner, and the Patterson light changing bag to get the films onto the reels. I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do this, I wish I’d known how easy it was years ago! Now, let’s see how I manage with c41 ;)

(Nb: should probably have scanned the negatives at a higher resolution for these sample shots but one skill at a time, eh?)