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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by smithdoor, Jan 5, 2014.
Has any one use DEVELOPER without using Replenisher
I found this one
I just tried my first lot of Microphen. I thought I'd bought a 5L kit, which I would have used diluted one-shot, but turns out it was only a 1L kit. So I'm keeping it in an accordion bottle and just resuing it.
First two rolls were Delta 3200 120 ei3200 done together and both came out great.
Third roll was expired tri-x 400 ei800, time +10% because it was the third roll, then derated because it was 23 degrees (although it was probably closer to 23.5, not sure how accurate thermometer is though). Ended up at 7.15mins (I think I may have done it at 7.30, depends how anal you want to be about when to start and stop the timer).
Anyway, if anything (just looking at the negs, haven't scanned or enlarged yet), the base is a slight bit dense, not sure if it was developed too hot/long or if it was just expired base fog. Nothing to complain about though.
I'll let you know how the last 7 rolls turn out...
Yep, used DD-X and Ilford's instructions, worked just fine.
Transfer it immediately to a glass or PET bottle or it won't be worth a tinker's dam when you go to use it. These accordion bottles are really worthless for storing developer. OK for stop and fixer.
Unless you try eleven films you should be ok I keep 2 litres of ID68 (Microphen) in an accordion cause I use 1.5 litre Patterson tank for 5x36 films allows 20 films
I've done 25 in error and the last 5 were well contrasty...
There is a risk of particles, film debris and 1+3 is cheaper and probably sharper.
I have bad allergies so don't like metol options.
i did this with caffenol c spiked with ansco 130 for 6months.
it was caffenol made with sumatran beans ( 100% robusta )
and ansco 130 15cc / 750cc ... it was about 3L in total.
i processed maybe 200 sheets of film ( sheets of 4x5 + rolls of 120, 35mm, 110 )
c41_e6_b/w as well as sheets of paper ( 4x5 - 8x10+ hand rolled 122 spools with 6-7 exposures
of post card format paper )
eventually i got nervous, and dumped 2L and mixed fresh 2L ... but it was still going strong.
Before I switched to Rodinal and HC110 - I used T-max developer: 1 liter for 10 films without using replenisher, no problems at all.