I’ve been home developing color negative film for about a year now and have only used the CineStill Cs41 kits. I’ve gone through three kits so far and I’m looking to get better mileage between orders, and I’m always open to better technique and quality. That being said the results I’ve gotten are as good or better than any lab I’ve ever been able to use. I’m debating a couple of options and would love some advice.
My setup is: Sous Vide for temperature regulation, SS reels and cans, and I use 1 L amber glass bottles for storage of the 3 step process I’m currently familiar with (Developer, Blix, Stablizer, Hang to dry).
1: Would it be smart to order a larger size of a similar kit (I’m looking at either the Rollei 5L or Arista 1 Gallon C41 kits) and mix 1L of working solution at a time? As long as I keep air out of the individual unmixed chemical bottles (thinking of using marbles) they should last a very long time compared to working solutions of mixed chems.
2: Should I make a larger investment in say the Kodak Flexicolor setup? It would cost much more up front but would probably pay for itself over time, and would probably be more complex for someone who doesn’t process more than 1-2 rolls per week at most.
I feel like a larger batch of a press kit like the Rollei would better suit my shooting style, as I sometimes go weeks without having anything to develop, then a lot of work over short periods. But the information around setups like the Flexicolor are not very clear, so perhaps I don’t fully understand its actual strengths and weaknesses compared to a ‘2 bath kit’.
I understand there’s a lot of debate over whether Blix vs bleach fix really makes much difference. Tho at this point in my work I’m looking for a good balance of best quality and reasonable cost. Any thoughts on this would also be helpful.