C-41 II

Some pictures on developing C-41 at home with a minimalistic setup:
I develop in my bathroom, on the top of the washing machine. The green tub is big enough to contain 3 litres of water, the three chemistry bottles and the developing tank. I fill in 1,5 litres cold water and then add 1,5 litres boiling water, which gives enough heat to bring the developer to a temperature of ca. 38 degrees C.

Heating up the tank by filling in warm water and putting it in the tub.

After filling in the developer I lay the tank in the warm water and rotate it manually during the developing time. Before filling in the developer I check the temperature and increase the developing time when the temperature below 38 degrees C.
Note: This is not recommended by the manual and I cant say whether it will work for others!
The manual rotation is repeated for the bleach bath and the stabilization bath.

Between bleach and stabilization the watering is done under running warm water with different water changes.

Done. The tub is from IKEA and costs ca. 5,-EUR. The tank was bought on the fleamarket for 2,-EUR. The three bottles were 10,-EUR, the jugs are household ware for 1,-EUR each. Most of the equipment was used before for developing B&W and the thermometer was a gift.

Some pictures:
(Camera was the Nikon TW 2 AF, film was a 200ASA drugstore brand)


  1. Anonymous9/22/2008

    In my experience, the main problem is keeping the temperature under control.

  2. Petronius, I came here from your link at RFF where you posted the comments on C41 at home.

    Thanks so much. Great help to actually see some of the equipment involved. Reading instructions is one thing but seeing images helps even more.

    cheers Jan

  3. I read on the german hobbyphoto-forum.de that it is possible to develop at 30 ºC in 8 to 9 Minutes with fine results.
    I haven't tried it but it sounds really easy: