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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Alessandro Serrao, Sep 19, 2012.
Is there anyone who can tell me what are the new features of this developer?
I think it's possibly just a marketing ploy to get people to spend more money on Adox products. Silvermax sounds great - and all credit to Adox - but I don't think there's anything different about the emulsion that would require a new developer. It would be good if Adox could clear this up. I think good old D76 will be as good as anything.
It's a special developer for the new Adox Silvermax Film: http://www.adox.de/english/ADOX Films/Premium/SILVERMAX/SMAX_index.html
If you want to use other developers with that film :
ADONAL/Rodinal 1+25: 8 Min.
ADONAL/Rodinal 1+50: 12 Min.
ATOMAL: 8-10 Min.
D 76/ID 11: 9 Min.
HC-110: 7 Min.
FX-39: 8 Min.
XTOL: 7 Min.
Why is it so special?
Mirko har already explained this here in this post: http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1394949
So compared to APX you will get more DMAX and a slightly higher contrast apart ofcourse from the different base.
This is why we formulated the Silvermax developer with it. This developer is soft working similar to our ADOTECH developer and optimized for Silvermax.
If you use both you get instantly very good results and (hopefully) can see the difference to "normal" fims.
While "normal" in this context means a film designed as a negative film with just as much coating (silver cotent) as nevessary to achive good DMAX for regular printing work
No one will market a new product without wanting it to sell. I am happy for any new analogue product, and I will certainly test the new developer to see what it does. But I'm sure D-76 will work fine.
So Silvermax is a little more contrasty than APX 100 and the Adox developer is soft working. Nothing there that can't be handled by D76 or Rodinal. I did a quick calculation and worked out that the Adox developer would cost 53p per film to develop and D76 at 1+1 20p. That sounds like a big difference but is less than a penny per frame for a 36 exposure film. However, it all adds up. Ten films developed in D76 saves enough to buy another film. Personally, I'd have to see something special in the Silvermax/Adox combination to set D76 or Rodinal aside.
I want to try some silvermax film with the developer. So, as to not waste any of it, can I use this interchangeably with adotech or use it on other film? I see on the massive chart that it has been used with chs 100 II and superpan 200.
I am sure it will work fine with any film, although as noted in the previous comments in this tread, it is a soft working developer so may produce somewhat lower contrast than standard. There aren't that many films which are listed on the massive dev chart so a bit of experimentation may be required.