Advice on Developing EFKE KB50 in Ilfotec DD-X

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  1. JPR

    JPR Member

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    Dear All

    Is anybody out there developing EFKE KB50 in Ilfotec DD-X? If so, could you please share your technique? Time, dilution and agitation?

    I've got a role of KB50 now and normally use only Ilfotec DD-X.

    I could use Rodinal as I've seen some nice stuff with this combo, but I don't want to buy too many chemicals, as I don't shoot soooo much right now.

    Thanks in advance for the answers!

    Cheers,

    JPR
     
  2. michael_r

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    If this is a one-off roll and you're not doing tests, my suggestion is to go with a general purpose developer for which there are published/recommended times for this film. DDX is an excellent general purpose developer but it would be hard to guess at a development time for the film you're using. Maybe just buy a package of D76. Try finding your film on the massive development chart on the digitaltruth website and use that as a starting point.

    Also think about what qualities you want in the negatives. DDX and other general purpose developers are designed to give you a balance of speed, grain, sharpness, contrast with most films. Rodinal favors sharpness but will be grainier and generally speed will be a little lower than with a developer like DDX.
     
  3. rtuttle

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    If you don't shoot too much I would go with the Rodinal! DDX is a great developer but once you open it doesn't last long in the bottle and tend to run a bit expensive. Rodinal will last much, much longer!
     
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    Hi guys,

    thanks for the tips. Actually, DD-X is my general developer. I'm shooting mostly 50 Pan F, 125 PX and Neopan 1600. All these films develop pretty nicely in DD-X. I think Neopan and Rodinal don't go well together. Although Neopan won't be around much longer...

    I'm thinking, but I might some tests myself with DD-X. I don't shoot too much, but it's enough to use enough DD-X that i don't have a shelf life issue. I want to start using EFKE KB50 to compliment the Pan F. So, keeping a second developer for such little volume doesn't make so much sense.

    Cheers,

    JPR
     
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    Makes sense. If you're going to take the time to do your own tests, you can't go wrong with DDX.