- Sep 3, 2018
- SE Michigan
- Real Name
By all accounts, keep the air out of it. I was told to get a cannister of butane for lighter refills, and put a pillow of butane on top of the chemicals before closing the lid. If you can keep the O2 off it is supposed to last for some time. Also, they said even if it starts to crystalize and turn dark it will still work ok.I started developing with DF96, and I'm still all about finding the easy ways. What I've added to my bag is simply doing Rodinal semi-stand, which is grainier than DF96 but has the advantage of stable chemicals which last a really long time. DF96 often doesn't last me as many rolls as it should because I might go quite a while without developing, and shelf life on the opened bottle is supposed to be three months (though I've had it last longer).
In any event, this will be my first try at it, and I'm not married to any particular process. Even if I get 4 rolls out of it, that's still $4/roll instead of $10, which what my local camera shop charges.