BW 1st developer for color reversal

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by DarkroomExperimente, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. DarkroomExperimente

    DarkroomExperimente Member

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    When cross processing c-41 film when I only had C-41 chemistry I used to use whatever BW developer I had as the first developer...the results were usually mediocre

    I later read that something in a B&W developer interferes with dye formation....so that E-6 first developer is slightly different that the average B&W developer

    anyone know about this...and which chemical it is?

    I thought it was sodium sulfite, but I read this so long ago I have no idea if my memory is accurate....and 20 minutes of googling didn't answer the question either
     
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    first developer thoughts.

    Potassium or sodium thiocyanate is used to ensure good first development for reversal - it can be added to D-19 at about 4g/L in the case of the potassium for high contrast b&w reversal.

    Google Chrome brew - the Watkins formula for e-6; it is not perfect, but will get you started to inprove your results over just whatever developer you have at hand. There will be others that can give better advise, but this has given me passable results.
     
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    thanks...I've heard of adding thiocyanate and/or thiosulfate, but IIRC there's something else that screws up the dyes and I can't remember what