Expansion and contraction developer - where to start

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Todd Barlow, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. Todd Barlow

    Todd Barlow Subscriber

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    I have started with T-Max 400 film. Is the T-Max developer something that is capable of expansion and contraction development?

    Suggestions on other developers for that purpose?

    Comments on T-max film use when using expansion and contraction development?

    Thanks

    Todd
     
  2. Kevin Caulfield

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    My understanding is that any developer is capable of expansion and contraction development.
     
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    The time in the developer will vary quite a bit from a -4 to a +4
    development. I don't like short developement times. You may
    need to take time in the developer into consideration. Dan
     
  4. Konical

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    Good Evening, Todd,

    My usual combination is T-100 developed in T-Max. The developer works great with both expansion and contraction--at least up to around plus or minus 50% of the "normal" time. In general, T-100 is very responsive to variations in development time. I've also used the same developer with T-400 and had excellent results, but usually at the "normal" time. Experiment! I think you'll find the T-Max developer to be very versatile.

    Konical