Agfa Multicontrast Developer

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  1. bradman

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    I've been using Agfa Multicontrast Developer as my "standard paper dev".
    I now have the need to reproduce prints from several negs to match existing prints, is there a recipe lurking whereby I can mix my own Agfa MC developer.
    PS: supplies of this developer here in Oz are, lets say, unreliable.
     
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    Well, there is Dektol. Here in the US, the stuff is dirt cheap and it's certainly a good paper developer. I don't know if the results will match exactly with Agfa's Multicontrast developer but it's worth a try. It's tough enough to get an exact match, so close enough might just be good enough.
     
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    You could try Ilford Multicontrast Developer---I have used it--it's a concentrated liquid so mix with water and go forth n develope. It also has good lasting properties in a half full bottle of concentrate. I to use Dektol because it is cheap but I think I am going to move to Ilford because they are making a commitment to B&W and Kodak doesn't seam to be making the same commitment.
     
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    To my understanding the manufacturer will send it to the Land of Oz too.
    Be prepared to take 15L.
    (I must admit their sales regulations are ambiguous.)
     
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    Here is a good formula that I've used that is fairly close to Agfa Multicontrast paper developer.

    Agfa 125 Neutral Tone Paper Developer

    Water (125F/52C)...........................750ml
    Metol............................................3.0 grams
    Sodium Sulfite (anhydrous)...............44.0 grams
    Hydroquinone.................................12.0 grams
    Sodium Carbonate (anhydrous)..........65.0 grams
    Potassium Bromide...........................2.0 grams
    Water to make................................1,000ml

    It is quite close to D-72 and Dektol in formulation. For use dilute 1+2 for development of times 1 to 2 min at 20 C. If you want a softer look, dilute 1+4 and develop for 3 minutes at 68 F/20 C.
     
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    Hi Guys,

    I have tried the manufacturer, but they sell exclusively through their agent here which is understandable. The agent though is stuck on a stock-turn basis and has been sitting on his existing stockpiles for over two years. Once bitten twice shy. So essentially I am looking to replenish into an existing processor which is currently juiced with Agfa MC Dev.
    Thanks for the interest.
     
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    Even if you cannot get the Agfa (branded) developer from your local (country-wide) distributor, there is no reason you can't order it from an online vendor in another "developer friendly" country.

    If you order a liquid concentrate developer you are paying for water, though. It would be best to purchase a powder.
     
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    You really should have no problem "topping up" your processor with properly diluted to working strength Ilford Multicontrast Developer.
     
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    Hi Phototune,
    What do you mean by "topping up" your processor?

    Jason B
     
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    Hi All,
    Thanks for your interest, have received a copy of formula out of Agfa's Anwendungstechnik-Foto marked 12/91. It appears to be similar in make up to Neutol and Agfa-130. Will advise results soon. Stop looking and thanks again, got some mixing to do.

    Jason B
     
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    This chemical are still made today, you may want to try mail order to get ti you (just noticed you're down-under).

    OTOH, I'd been using this, then went with Kodak Polymax-T for years, back to Agfa for a bottle, now I'm back with Kodak. Just like the results better. YMMV.

    Good Luck,
    Rolleijoe
     
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    That formula doesn't exactly match what I've seen for Agfa 125. Does anyone know whether the Sodium Carbonate should be anhydrous or monohydrous?

    The formulas I've seen run like the following from Tom Hoskinson ....
    www.apug.org/forums/forum222/33821-metol-hydroquinone-developer-gaf-125-a.html

    Best,

    C
     
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    You said you wanted to replenish an existing processor filled with the Agfa developer. "Topping up" means to add fresh developer to maintain a specific level in the tank of the processor. I don't think you would have any issues adding the Ilford Multicontrast developer to the Agfa developer already in your processor.
     
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    Sodium Carbonate should be monohydrate for this formula. I apologize for the confusion.