how many developers do you use, or have you settled on one

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by jnanian, Jan 29, 2013.

how many developers do you use ?

  1. none, a lab processes my film.

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  2. one

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  3. two

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  4. three

    38 vote(s)
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  5. four

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  6. more than four...

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  1. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

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    how many developers do you use, or have you settled on one?

    if you use a handful, are they for specific films or reasons ?
     
  2. Thomas Bertilsson

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    John,

    I use two developers.

    1. Xtol - for film speed and high contrast lighting.
    2. Edwal 12 - for normal to low contrast and normal film speed.

    That gives me consistent results in printing.
     
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    I use D76 as my standard.

    I use XTOL with Delta 3200 and when I have to push other films beyond one stop.
     
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    I use Pyrocat HD to for any landscape/archaeology shots.

    I use Xtol for everything involving people
     
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    HC-110 for me, dilution E, replenished.
     
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    Spent caffenol/130 for everything :D
     
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    35mm APX100 in Rodinal, then ID11 at 1+1 for everything else.
     
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    After years of experimenting I have settled on HC110 generally used at dilution H. Gives a good balance of grain, sharpness and speed and lasts forever. All too often I would start to develop some film and have to stop because the developer had clearly gone bad. This never happens with HC110.
     
  10. Shawn Dougherty

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    Rodinal for TMY2 and FP4+. That's about it. Sometimes I get a good deal on HP5+ from a local shop in which case I use Pyrocat HD but that isn't very often.
     
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    Just one, Rodinal.
     
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    35 : Rodinal
    4x5 : HC110
     
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    HC110 for HP5 plus, and for rest Rodinal.
     
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    I soup all my customers film in D-76. I use Pyrocat-HD for most of my film, and recently started experimenting with PMK Pyro. I keep Rodinal around grunts and grins.
     
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    D 76 for 4X5 and 6X9 but sometimes Rodinal 1:50 or DK 50,
    Sudential for 6X6 (down to my last bottle will move to D 76 once gone.
    Edwal 12 foe 6X6 and 35 or
    DDX for 35mm

    On hand if needed
    Ansco 17
    Microdal X
    Acufine
     
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    Rodinal for most of my Fomapan 400, but if I want finer grain then D76
     
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    Pyrocat HD for all my films.

    Ian
     
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    I am considering a metol based development for higher sensitive films, any suggestion about is welcome!
     
  21. jnanian

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    you too, eh :smile:
     
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    If you're talking about film developers, I use Ilford ID-11. My 'standard' film is FP4+, which I develop in ID-11 @ 1:3 for 20 mins @ 20 degrees. This combo gives me the results I want (fine grain, good sharpness, full tonal range) with the minimum of fuss. ID-11 also keeps for ages as a liquid stock under the correct conditions. I can't be bothered with expensive esoteric brews that give little advantage. That said, I have some 10 year old Perceptol to use up
    one day... :cool:

    Cheers,
    kevs
     
  24. cjbecker

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    I started off with rodinal, used it for
    A few years before I really started testing and becoming immersed in developing.

    Then I moved into hc110 b for a while an loved the results. But I wanted a replenished developer.

    Next was xtol, used it for about 1 year and never really liked it too much.

    Then moved to d76 for its classical look and loved it but was not shooting as much so I am back to hc110 b
     
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    I included hot (120F) water for developing my carbon prints.
    Potassium oxalate for platinum/palladium
    Ilford PQ Universal and Dektol for sheet film (and Dektol for silver gelatin paper)
    D-76 for roll film, and for sheet film when I do not need the major contrast boost.
    Plus odds and ends, such as D-19 for contrast (someday). Technol for Tech Pan
     
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