13 Best Darkroom Film Processing Equipment

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Darkroom Film Processing Equipment in 2020


Houseables Film Canisters with Caps, 35MM Empty Camera Reel Containers, 60 Pack, White, 2" H, 1" W, Plastic, Films Developing Processing Tube, Roll Case, for Small Accessories, Beads, Alka Seltzer

Houseables Film Canisters with Caps, 35MM Empty Camera Reel Containers, 60 Pack, White, 2
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • TIGHT SEALING LID: 8 oz. opaque white film canisters with matching style lid. Used for a wide range of professional, educational, and recreational activities. The micro-precision fitted lid allows pressure to build up inside (which is why these canisters are commonly used for homemade Alka Seltzer rockets). Once the lid is secured, no liquid will escape or leak out, even when the container is aggressively shook or held upside down.
  • HIGH FLEXURAL STRENGTH: Each canister is made from high impact polypropylene (PP), known for its elasticity and strength. Identically sized as ordinary 35mm film canisters. Measures 2" high, 1" wide, and 1.22" in diameter. Non-toxic, odorless, recyclable, and eco-friendly container. Safely keeps film, food, liquids, and other potentially perishable items safe without leaking or becoming compromised from outside elements.
  • HIGHLY REUSABLE: These incredibly multipurpose plastic canisters are designed for consistent reuse without performance breakdown. The material is UV protected and withstands a wide temperature range, so cold and heat does not impact its contents. Liquids stay at full volume and non-liquids remain dry, even in the most humid conditions.
  • CHOOSE BETWEEN SETS OF 15 AND 60: Bulk purchases offer greater value to photographers, educators, green thumbs, travelers, and anyone looking for simple but valuable storage containers. Canisters are a time-tested tool for storing first aid materials, sewing supplies, seedlings, aaa batteries, spices and seasonings and herbal supplements, loose change, and -- image this -- undeveloped film and/or film negatives
  • SCIENCE, ART, DIY, OH MY: Whether you're conducting a series of Dr. Frankenstein-esque experiments or simply organizing craft supplies, Houseables' film canisters can assist with the coordination of your creative process.

Paterson Multi-Reel 5 Tank #117

Paterson Multi-Reel 5 Tank #117
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

SUBANG 20 Pieces Film Canisters with Lids for Scientific Activity Small Items Case, White

SUBANG 20 Pieces Film Canisters with Lids for Scientific Activity Small Items Case, White
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Used for school projects, storage of coins, needles, scientific experiments, pills, oil, gas, keys, pet food, etc.
  • Contains 20 film canisters with 20 lids, prevent lost from canister
  • 35mm white plastic containers
  • No smell

Archival Negative Pages Holds Four 4 x 5 Inches Negatives or Transparencies, Pack of 25

Archival Negative Pages Holds Four 4 x 5 Inches Negatives or Transparencies, Pack of 25
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Holds four 4"x5" negatives or transparencies
  • Exclusive thin backing coupled with high clarity allows you to make quality contact sheets without removing or handling negatives
  • Strong continuous seams prevent negative hang up.
  • Top sheet is 3 mil and bottom sheet is 1.8 mil.
  • Archival quality polyethylene - NO PVC - safe for long term storage.

Kodak UltraMax Film 4 Rolls 24 Exposure 35mm Film ISO 400 Speed

Kodak UltraMax Film 4 Rolls 24 Exposure 35mm Film ISO 400 Speed
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • 4 Rolls / 24 Exposure / ISO 400 Speed
  • Film for Color Prints
  • 400 135-24-4V
  • Process C-41

Hotop 30 Pieces Film Canisters Cans Containers for Film, School Art Projects, Storage, White and Clear

Hotop 30 Pieces Film Canisters Cans Containers for Film, School Art Projects, Storage, White and Clear
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Useful storage tools: these film cans are commonly applied for storing small things such as film, match sticks, pins, Christmas decorations, crafts items, seeds, buttons and so on
  • Clear film containers: there are 15 pieces film containers in clear, and its color allows you view clearly the inside of the container, practical tools for you when you go out for travel or work
  • Material: these film storage canisters are made of good quality PE, and these canisters are covered tightly by lids, which allows to store something and do not let them fall down
  • Durable film cans: you can apply these film canisters for all kinds of school and art experiments, but do not recommend to apply them for film container rockets
  • Package: includes 30 pieces film cans in the same size and different colors, white and clear, 15 pieces each color; The film containers measure 3.3 x 3.3 x 5.4 cm

SUBANG 20 Pieces Film Canisters with Lids for Scientific Activity Small Items Case, Black

SUBANG 20 Pieces Film Canisters with Lids for Scientific Activity Small Items Case, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Used for school projects, storage of coins, needles, scientific experiments, pills, oil, gas, keys, pet food, etc.
  • Contains 20 film canisters with 20 lids, prevent lost from canister
  • With black color ,which can help avoid direct sun, it will be kept in cool
  • No smell

Hama Archival Negative Glassine Sheets Sleeves for 35mm Films - 100pcs

Hama Archival Negative Glassine Sheets Sleeves for 35mm Films - 100pcs
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Hama 100pcs Glassine Matt - Museum Quality, Document safe
  • Archival For 35mm films (24 x 36mm)
  • Dimensions: 31 x 26cm
  • Fits: Hama Standard Binders
  • Made in Germany

HODA Darkroom Film Changing Bag Antistatic Camera Dark Room Professional Photography Accessories - Extra Large Version

HODA Darkroom Film Changing Bag Antistatic Camera Dark Room Professional Photography Accessories - Extra Large Version
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Extra Large in portable size, opened size: 23.6" x 23.6", accommodate large developing tanks and accessories.
  • High density cloth fabric, elastic cuffs, 100% light-proof, no worries to remove developing tank.
  • Built-in Zipper, nice construction to secure changing and loading in full daylight for loading.
  • 100% Brand new, made by high quality antistatic breathable fabric.
  • Film Changing Bag for white film photography, durable and easy to wipe clean.

Houseables Film Canister, 35MM Empty Camera Reel Containers, 15 Pack, White, 2" H, 1" W, Plastic, Films Developing Processing Tube, Roll Case, With Caps, For Small Accessories, Beads, Alka Seltzer

Houseables Film Canister, 35MM Empty Camera Reel Containers, 15 Pack, White, 2
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • TIGHT SEALING LID: 8 oz. opaque white film canisters with matching style lid. Used for a wide range of professional, educational, and recreational activities. The micro-precision fitted lid allows pressure to build up inside (which is why these canisters are commonly used for homemade Alka Seltzer rockets). Once the lid is secured, no liquid will escape or leak out, even when the container is aggressively shook or held upside down.
  • HIGH FLEXURAL STRENGTH: Each canister is made from high impact polypropylene (PP), known for its elasticity and strength.Identically sized as ordinary 35mm film canisters.Measures 2" high, 1" wide, and 1.22" in diameter.Non-toxic, odorless, recyclable, and eco-friendly container. Safely keeps film, food, liquids, and other potentially perishable items safe without leaking or becoming compromised from outside elements.
  • HIGHLY REUSABLE: These incredibly multipurpose plastic canisters are designed for consistent reuse without performance breakdown. The material is UV protected and withstands a wide temperature range, so cold and heat does not impact its contents. Liquids stay at full volume and non-liquids remain dry, even in the most humid conditions.
  • CHOOSE BETWEEN SETS OF 15 AND 60: Bulk purchases offer greater value to photographers, educators, green thumbs, travelers, and anyone looking for simple but valuable storage containers. Canisters are a time-tested tool for storing first aid materials, sewing supplies, seedlings, aaa batteries, spices and seasonings and herbal supplements, loose change, and -- image this -- undeveloped film and/or film negatives
  • 90-DAY 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. We offer a No Hassle 90-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee. If, within the three months, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase for any reason, just let us know and we will refund you all your money.

HEMALL 1pcs Director Video Scene Clapperboard TV Movie Clapper Board Film Slate Cut Prop Q568

HEMALL 1pcs Director Video Scene Clapperboard TV Movie Clapper Board Film Slate Cut Prop Q568
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Matin Multiple Slide Film Cutter for 35mm 6x45 6x6 6x7 60mm format

Matin Multiple Slide Film Cutter for 35mm 6x45 6x6 6x7 60mm format
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Genuine Matin Brand New.
  • Top Quality Multiple Silde Cutter
  • For 35mm, 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 or all 60mm format films stripes
  • With illumination through light panel. Quality shear-action cutter
  • Made in Korea

Delta 1 Precision 6'' Darkroom Thermometer

Delta 1 Precision 6'' Darkroom Thermometer
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Great for students
  • Get better processing by keeping your chemistry at the proper temperature
  • Many uses in the darkroom and more
  • Six inch length and protective tube make it easy to transport and store

Merchant Services and Credit Card Processing: The Crash Course

The basics and fundamentals of merchant services: suggestions, ideas and tips on how to maximize the profitability of accepting credit cards.

See, "paper" is simple. Cash is cash, easy to identify, easy to quantify, and unless one runs into a counterfeit bill, there's not much risk or potential problem with depositing cash. "Plastic", on the other hand, is a completely different animal. There are many different types of credit cards, and one can generally not tell how much money is on that innocuous rectangle just by looking at it. Credit cards are also unique and cannot be duplicated or passed around between multiple consumers. It is the balance left on the credit card that is the means for payment to a merchant for goods or services, and for the services of ascertaining the availability of funds on the card, transferring money from the consumer account to the merchant's account, and keeping track of such transfers via statements both to the consumer and the merchant, a merchant requires a credit card processor and credit card processors all charge money.

So, for each dollar that a merchant gains in revenue via credit card, he or she might actually only be able to keep about 70 cents. Of course, not everyone keeps track of all the nitpicky details as far as how much money is utilized in credit card processing fees, but a difference of ten cents per transaction can mean hundreds of dollars a month. Now, for the convenience of any current or aspiring business owners, here's credit card processing in a nutshell.

The Benefits of Accepting Credit Cards

Credit cards now account for up to 40% of an average business' revenue, regardless of average ticket, average volume or location. In a high-end neighborhood, most consumers have fairly high credit limits and won't hesitate to charge purchases up for anything from gum to gasoline to gold. Credit cards are convenient, easy to use, and compact (no one wants to carry a thousand dollars in a cute little purse). In a lower-end neighborhood, most consumers do not feel comfortable carrying large amounts of cash upon their persons, and prefer to charge more expensive purchases. Moreover, while the average consumer might only carry a few small bills in his or her wallet, he or she might have a credit limit of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Any business that accepts credit cards is likely to have a higher average ticket than a cash-only business. Also, because credit cards can typically be verified on the spot, a personal check often takes longer, and while merchants might have problems with bounced checks, plastic can be approved or declined before a sale is complete. With the convenience of immediate verification, a merchant can also utilize other business venues such as e-commerce, mail order and phone orders without much chance of mishap. All in all, if done correctly, it is in the benefit of any business to take credit cards.

Now, onto the specifics of different cards and services.

Visa/Mastercard

Visa and Mastercard (or debit cards with these logos that are taken as credit cards) are the most common two credit cards used by consumers. Most have a credit limit, which can range from a few hundred to a few thousand. Many are sponsored by banks and financial institutions, while some are sponsored by corporations (the dreaded "non-qualified" transaction: more on this later). These are the only credit cards where there is a great deal of variation to be found in terms of processing fees, because hundreds of different companies process Visa and Mastercard, and all of them charge different fees.

Visa and Mastercard typically account anywhere from 75 to 90% of all credit card transactions, and the gist of the processing costs are as follows:

Discount Rate: This is what percentage of the total monthly Visa/Mastercard volume is taken by the processor. Typically, for a qualified transaction (a swiped non-corporate card), the discount rate is anywhere between 1.5% to 2.2%. This means that, if a processor's discount rate is 1.8% and the merchant did $1000 in Visa/Mastercard volume that month, the processor would take $18. Follow?

Transaction Fee: This is also sometimes called the Authorization Fee or a variety of other names, and is the flat amount charged per swipe. Again for a qualified transaction, this usually ranges from 5 to 25 cents per swipe. This means that, if a processor's transaction fee is 10 cents per swipe and the merchant took 100 credit cards that month, the merchant would be charged an additional $10 on top of the discount rate.

Statement Fee: Also known sometimes as the monthly fee, administrative fee, etc., this is the amount that a processor charges for sending out monthly invoices detailing all transactions, and it typically ranges between $5 to $20. Basically, this is a one-time charge per month on top of the discount rate and the transaction fee.

Batch Fee: This is the fee that the processor charges each time the machine batches out (typically at the end of every night) and sends all the credit card information to the necessary bank account. Batch fees apply whether the batch is done manually or automatically. Typically, this fee is between 10 and 30 cents per batch. So, if a processor's batch fee is 10 cents per batch and the merchant was open for business 30 days a month, the merchant would pay $3 in batch fees on top of the discount rate, transaction fee and statement fee.

There are potential other fees, for machine leasing, warranties, and special services such as check processing, gift cards or pin-based debit service. Also, there can be various penalty fees for retrievals and chargebacks. But unless these special situations apply, a merchant should make sure that he or she is not being charged any other fees in addition to the above for Visa and Mastercard transactions. Obviously, the goal in searching for a processor is to find one that charges the smallest amount possible with a combination of those categories.

American Express/Discover/Diner's Club

American Express, Discover and Diner's Club do not have so much leeway as Visa and Mastercard when it comes to processing fees. Unlike Visa and Mastercard, these credit card companies do their own processing, and the rates are typically higher than Visa and Mastercard (though they do charge in the same ways). If a merchant decides to take these credit cards, he or she will have to pay whatever the company charges for the processing (which is determined by type of business and average ticket).

Debit Cards

Debit cards can be accepted as credit cards, or used with their PIN numbers and rung up as debit, with or without cashback. Often-times, a debit card will have different processing rates than a credit card, and a rule of thumb is to accept a debit card with a PIN number with larger transactions. Nine times out of ten, the processing rates will be cheaper.

Gift Cards

Many larger credit card processors also offer merchants the option of creating gift cards for their customers' use, and will either charge a flat monthly rate or the same combination of fees as Visa/Mastercard. Be aware: if a merchant decides to have a credit card processor make its gift cards, he or she will never be able to change credit card processors again. Because of the peculiar programming of a gift card which makes it exclusive to a store, and the fact that gift cards can be "re-charged", if one switches processors, any existing gift cards (including the ones carried by customers) will cease to work. Therefore, it is important for a merchant to be certain that he or she is very satisfied with the processor's rates and service before making this commitment.

Check Service

Various credit card processors also work in conjunction with check processors, most famously Telecheck, which verifies funds in checking accounts. Typically, these companies charge percentages and transaction fees rather like credit cards, but these rates are typically higher, and check verification may require the purchase or leasing of special equipment, as well as fees to set up the service. A merchant can investigate the cost of processing checks, the anticipated check revenue, and the frequency of bad checks with fellow merchants before deciding whether or not to invest in check services.

Mid-Qualified/Non-Qualified Transactions

The "Qualified" credit card transaction is swiped, point-of-sale, and utilizing a personal card. These transactions charge the lowest rates. There are, however, such things as "Mid-Qualified" and "Non-Qualified" transactions, which will both charge higher rates.

A transaction is considered "Mid-Qualified" if the credit card information is somehow punched into the machine instead of swiped. These are credit cards taken over the internet or the phone, or alternatively the beat-up credit cards that have non-functioning magnetic strips. It is assumed that any merchant swiping a credit card at point-of-sale has verified the consumer's identity, making it a more secure transaction, while an entered number implies that the consumer was not present when the credit card was taken, and could have been reading off of someone else's card, etc. Therefore, a merchant should not take any more mid-qualified transactions than necessary, and if his or her business is primarily NOT done point-of-sale (i.e. a mail order business, etc.), he or she should find a processor with a reasonable plan that accounts for mostly mid-qualified transactions.

A transaction is considered "Non-Qualified" if the credit card is a corporate card. This means expense account cards and the like. The reason that a merchant is charged more for taking these "Non-Qualified" cards is that not all purchases made by a consumer can be considered a "business expense", and there is always the risk that the corporate card's company will negate the transaction. Typically, unless a merchant is extremely fastidious and careful, he or she cannot avoid taking a few non-qualified transactions, but these don't often make a huge difference, as most people do not use company-sponsored charge accounts for frivolous purchases if they desire to keep their jobs. Generally, if the credit card has a bank logo or name, it is qualified, whereas if it has the name of some company (i.e. Amazon, Northwest Airlines, Sears Rewards, etc.), it might well be non-qualified.

Retrievals and Chargebacks

These are situations where a merchant is charged penalty fees, and to prevent such fees requires keeping good records and prompt delivery of goods and services.

A retrieval is when a consumer pays for a product or service, typically a non-qualified transaction, and never receives said product or service. For example, if I were to order a book online from Amazon.com and pay with a credit card, and then never receive the book, Amazon.com would be liable to pay a retrieval fee.

A chargeback is when there is a dispute between the consumer and the merchant in terms of a transaction, and the merchant cannot show records of the transaction. For example, if I notice a $200 charge on my credit card statement to a store that I never remembered visiting, and call my credit card company about it. If the merchant cannot produce a receipt indicating that I or SOMEONE using my credit card on the given date and to the given amount, he or she is liable to pay a chargeback fee. To be on the safe side, a merchant should always keep credit card receipts filed away by date for at least six months.

Other

Miscellaneous other costs may apply for taking plastic, including the cost of the credit card machine (and often-times the cost of the phone line that the credit card machine runs on), the cost of credit card machine paper, and possibly set-up or annual fees. Generally, it is cheaper in the long run to buy a good machine with an integrated printer, because it is faster and less likely to require repairs, and the cost of a cheap machine without a printer combined with the cost of a printer usually amounts to the same as the cost of a better machine that would take up less counter space anyway. Leasing a machine will eventually cost more than buying it out-right, and often requires good personal credit on the part of the merchant. Paper is typically cheaper if purchased in bulk from an office supplies resource than from a processor, and processors that provide "free paper" typically make up for that cost by charging higher rates on the processing itself.

Not all processors charge set-up fees or annual fees, and a merchant should figure out whether a processor that does has low enough ongoing rates to account for these set-up fees.

One myth prevalent with taking credit cards is that it is illegal to set a minimum purchase amount. Several individual processors (typically banks, which tend to charge higher rates anyway) will forbid a merchant from the practice, but others will not care whether a merchant only takes credit cards for purchases over a certain amount. Keep in mind, though, that some processors might also charge a minimum monthly requirement, which will need to be paid whether or not the sum of processing fees meet that amount.

Another thing to keep in mind is that almost all processors have contracts, usually ranging from one to three years, and the starting rates for processing might not be the ongoing rate. So before a merchant commits to any processor, it is best to find out, in writing, how the rates are to fluctuate within six months, one year, and beyond, because it would be a bad investment to start with a processor with a low introductory rate and then get locked into a long contract with a large termination fee and stuck paying high rates after the first six months or so.

And that, all of it, is the gist of taking credit cards. It might seem a bit intimidating, but once it's broken down, it isn't extremely difficult. Really, if one thinks about it, choosing a credit card processor is much like choosing a credit card. One looks for good service, wide usage, and low rates. A credit card company will charge differently depending on credit, much like a processor will charge differently depending on the type of transaction. In both cases, one looks for the minimal amount of "extra" fees, and a percentage/APR that does not skyrocket after several months. But even with the few complications, most people would agree that plastic is an integral part of our commercial world. Everyone wants a credit card... and takes a credit card.

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