Anyone using AZO and Amidol?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by mark, Jun 13, 2004.

  1. mark

    mark Member

    Nov 13, 2003
    Here is the question

    I have all the stuff to make 2 liters of amidol developer. I got the recipe from Michael Smith's web site. I only have 3 negs I want to print and it seems like a serious waste to mix up a liter and throw it away when I get done with those three negs. When mixed does this stuff really expire in a couple of hours?
  2. Donald Miller

    Donald Miller Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Large Format
    I personally would not waste a liter of Amidol for three negatives. A liter of Amidol will develop a lot of paper. It will last most of a day of printing but will begin running out of gas in the second day if saved overnight.

    If you want to proof your three negs you might want to try another developer instead of amidol. I have used Zone VI (a Dektol variant). Also Pyro Plus Paper Developer will develop Azo at about 1/4 the cost of Amidol.
  3. Christian Olivet

    Christian Olivet Member

    Dec 11, 2003
    8x10 Format
    I use Agfa Neutol WA. It is a hell of a lot cheaper for proofing, but does not replace amidol's great qualities.
    I always use one liter of solution for my 8x10 prints and never felt the need for more chemistry. I believe my trays are 10x12"