My Techpan!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by GerardF, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. GerardF

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    Hi All,

    From being out of B/W for a long time, I shot a bunch of Techpan @ ASA25 only to discover that Technidol isn't available any longer. It's all 4 x 5 sheet film.

    A lab I use says that D76 for 5 minutes MAY work but....

    Is anyone else been in the same predicament?
     
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    Technidol is still available at B&H.
     
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    D23 works fine. Just add a bit of borax to it.
     
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    Technidol is all over the place and cheap.

    I've had a hard time (though limited) with Tech Pan and Technidol. It just gets far too contrasty to print. I recently did 15 minutes in xtol 1:2 agitating for 2 seconds every minute. That was a bit better, but next time I'll do 1:1 with more frequent agitation for a bit more density.
     
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    Thanks all. I'm in Australia so I guess I need to get it shipped from B&H or the like. Thanks also for the other tips using xtol and D23
     
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    formulary has TD3 - which is a weak catechol based developer that works well with Tech Pan
     
  7. Peter De Smidt

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    Edwal TEC is a good choice, too.
     
  8. Murray Kelly

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    I have some 1L packs of BlueFire HD developer designed for microfilm. (Agfa Copex Rapid actually.) It is fresh powder - if you're interested, send a private message.
    You may even get a speed increase.
    Murray
     
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    Make that Bluefire HR developer
    Murray
     
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    I have technidol, but no techpan....want some?
     
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    Forgot to add - I am in Brisbane.
    Murray
     
  12. Michael W

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    There's a lab in Bondi that has Technidol & will sell it. The Lighthouse. PM me if you want his email.
     
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    Dear GerardF,

    I have been using Kodak Flexicolor C-41 developer for some time. 7-1/2 minutes in a Jobo rotary system at EI32. Normal tank development (no special agitation) at 9-1/2 to 10 minutes is another good place to start.

    Neal Wydra
     
  14. Michael W

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    I was in the big Ted's shop on Pitt St (Sydney) today & they had lots of Technidol. Not sure if they'll post, or you might be able to get it via a Ted's shop in Melb.
    Also at Ted's I saw good stock of Ilford DDX, various other Ilford & Kodak chems, a good range of film incl some Super 8, a decent enough selection of Ilford paper & various other useful items, eg bulk load cannisters with & without DX coding.
    The guy I spoke to there was friendly & well informed.
     
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    Some of the softer working tanning developers work nicely. If you have access to WD2D+, I think you would like the combination.
     
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    Other developers for the Technical Pan (not for real microfilms) are:

    -) SPUR Docuspeed Professional (80-100 ISO)

    -) Laborpartner LP- docufine LC (via Maco)

    -) Tetenal Neofin doku (not longer produced by Tetenal)