Moersch SE4 Neutral Paper Developer

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  1. jacques

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    Hi everyone,
    Did anyone has ever try Moersch SE4 Neutral Paper Developer? Can you give me your impressions about this developer? Is it comparable to Dektol?
    Thank you Jacques
     
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    Jacques, is there a specific direction you wanted to explore vs Dektol? Colder, warmer etc?

    I tried SE4 and couldn't really see a difference in image characteristics vs Dektol. Actually that is the conclusion I came to any time I tried different neutral print developers, so I always end up back with Dektol. I believe SE4 has a longer tray life and higher print capacity than Dektol, but then again so do many other neutral and/or neutral-cold developers like Liquidol, LPD, Ansco 130 etc. I personally don't care about tray life since my printing sessions have never been long enough to exhaust Dektol anyway, so SE4 would simply be an expensive alternative.

    I did recently buy some SE3 which I wanted to try with MGWT to see if it would cool it slightly vs Dektol, but I haven't had the time yet. My guess is it will look like Dektol :smile:
     
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    It's Moersch SE6 developer you ought to try with MBWT FB. Results at 1+15 (3 minutes at 68 degrees F or some equivalent combination) are dead neutral. After 2 minutes 15 seconds at 73 degrees F in HARMAN selenium toner 1+9, the perfect (to my taste) slightest hint of warmth returns. I'm loving printing 320TXP negatives on this combination!
     
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    I don't have any specific reason to switch, I am just curious about the developer.
    jacques
     
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    why not try to mix your own. that gives you maximum control over image hue.
     
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    I like Neutral SE4 alot. It certainly does last long in the tray. I have very, very little experience with Dektol (used it once I think ).
    It gives a good maximum black as far as I am concerned. I have plotted it with Foma 111 and Kentmere VC and it has become my favourite paper developer. Albeit I have not used it with other papers like Ilford till now.
    I could certainly recommend it.