Ilfotec DD-X and expiration

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Leglifter, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Leglifter

    Leglifter Member

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    Hi,

    Does anyone here know if Ilfotec DD-X changes colour from clear to yellowish-brown in the same way that D76 does upon expiring or becoming excessively oxidized? I'm thinking of switching to DD-X for my general-purpose developer, and it would be handy if it had this property, as my rather infrequent shooting means that it would take quite a number of months to work my way through a whole bottle. I don't want to ruin a roll of film due to worn-out developer without it giving me some warning. I tried to find this information on Ilford's website but to no avail.
     
  2. albada

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    I have no experience with DD-X, but here's a thread where a fellow says it turns yellow when going bad. Scroll to the bottom of this page.

    Mark Overton
     
  3. John Shriver

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    I've had only one DD-X failure, my basement apparently got cold enough to crystallize it. I've had no trouble with open bottles up to a year old, so if you expect to use a bottle in 3-9 months, have no fears. Pricey, but great results.
     
  4. Leglifter

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    That's good to know. Thanks for the replies.