List of Materials for VICO 222

  • Film: Kodak Tri –X or Kodak Plus–X in 36 exposure rolls. Plan on shooting about 3 rolls per week minimum. You may bulk load if you wish in order to save money.

  • Film Developer: Kodak D–76, packet to make 1 gallon. You'll probably need 2 packets for the quarter.

  • Fixer: Kodak Hardening Fixer, packet to make 1 gallon.  You'll need about 2 packages for the quarter.
  • Wash Aid: Heico Perma Wash, 32 oz concentrate.
  • Printing Paper: Kodak Polycontrast III RC 8x10 F surface (glossy) -- or -- Ilford Multigrade RC IV 8x10 F surface. Most students will use about 200 sheets during the quarter.

(NOTE: Other paper surfaces besides glossy are available, but are not recommended.)

  • Print Developer: Kodak Dektol, packet to make 1 gallon. You'll need around 2 for the quarter.
  • Stop Bath: Kodak Indicator Stop Bath, 16 oz. concentrate.
  • Drying Aid: Kodak Photo Flo, any size bottle.
  • Film Tank & Reels: 4–reel stainless tank and 4 35mm stainless reels are recommended. Expensive Hewes-made stainless reels are much easier to load, but cost about $17- $20 each. Calumet now sells good Hewes-made reels for $12.99 ea. (stock no. CP9055) and Wilson's sometimes stocks them. The school equipment cage has some tanks and reels for checkout, but has a limited supply of 4 reel tanks available.
  • Thermometer: Glass thermometer with 1–degree increments around the 65 –80 degree range. Avoid dial type thermometers.
  • Print Tongs: Any kind you wish. Get a set of at least three. There have been some available in the cage for student use in the past, but they are battered.
  • Photo Sponge: A soft sponge for wiping excess water from film before hanging to dry. Store in a clean, sealable plastic bag.
  • Negative Sleeves: Clear archival polyethylene or polypropylene sleeves. Avoid non–archival PVC sleeves.
  • Gallon Jugs: Light –reducing brown 1 gallon jugs are recommended but you may substitute any clean reusable jug you wish. Get 3 jugs (for film developer, paper developer, and fixer). Avoid thin plastic milk jugs — they don’t seal well and may spill.
  • Dust remover: Dust Off compressed air or equivalent, or a soft camel’s hair brush.
  • Spotting fluid: Spot Tone #3, small bottle.
  • Spotting brush: A fine point spotting brush or a 0000 artist’s brush.
  • Mounting supplies: For final portfolio. Options to be described later in the quarter.
  • Misc: Small, inexpensive pair of scissors for cutting film and a towel. Perhaps a bottle opener.


You should expect to spend about $400 to $500 for film, paper, chemicals, and other supplies to adequately perform class assignments.