… or “How to ruin a roll of film”.
I shot a roll of Fomapan 400 through my Pentax MX, over the course of a few months. It’s a film I’ve had success with before, but only developed in shops. I’ve wanted to have a go at home developing for ages, and picked up the chemicals from AG Photographic. I ordered powdered Kodak D76 (to make up one litre), Ilford Rapid Fixer, and Tetanal Mirasol 2000 antistatic. All cost about £15 plus postage, and I already had a Paterson System 3 tank and changing bag.
I followed this tutorial series for the timings and steps. It was pretty useful, the steps are laid out quite clearly.
I ran into a few problems though. Fomapan is REALLY curly, and the backing comes off very easily. This, combined with the sweaty changing bag (eew), and old reels, meant it took me 40 minutes to load the film onto the reels. The negatives got scratched to shit, crumpled and fingerprinted. The chemical part was pretty easy, I mixed the developing powder up in a 2L coke bottle, spraypainted black to keep the light out.
Scanning was pretty easy too, I used a lightbox I was given years ago, and this setup to transfer the viable photos to digital.