Brief pause on the vacay photos for the moment–Here are some pictures of some cute girls.
This is self-rolled Kodak 250D, but treated with some right-proper “ECN-2 Prebath” that I ordered from Argentix.ca
It is interesting stuff–nothing happens when you first pour it out (30-60 second rinse before C-41 development) but the Remjet layer subsequently dissolves away with repeated rinses. (I needed 8 rinses with agitation before the water ran clear). I have been looking for something like this for quite some time. There are proper “recipes” out there, but buying the necessary chemicals in bulk is prohibitive (not to mention “suspicious” lol…)
Anyway, it is finally available commercially in small amounts.
While there is the *tiniest* bit of scant surface residue on occasional frames, it wipes away easily with a lens tissue once dry, and before scanning. The removal is fairly complete, with fairly little effort.
The advantage here is that you don’t need to use SUPER HOT baking soda rinses, and do not get the reticulations or changes in the grain structure of the film. Furthermore, your chemicals and equipment stay cleaner.
I think I may see more 250D in my future.