Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Developing film with instant coffee

I came across this on the Leica Forum today. Apparently you can develop low speed black and white film with instant coffee crystals.

http://photo-utopia.blogspot.com/2007/09/developing-in-coffee.html

However, with this method, you still need fixer. I'm reading online that you can actually use saltwater for fixing.

Coffee, saltwater and a negative scanner -- that would solve my development costs and make me the MacGuyver of the local photography community.

Here's another blog that promotes using a mixture of coffee and vitamin C for quicker and developing with more contrast. And yes, he uses an iodized salt solution to fix the film.

http://caffenol.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

The only downside is that I gave away all my film tumblers, trays and my enlarger years ago. I'll have to start checking garage sales and craigslist.
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