Rodinal semi-stand vs Diafine for mixed exposures

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by derevaun, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. derevaun

    derevaun Member

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    I know these are very different developers and I have some idea of how they might produce different results, but I have a couple questions about my particular application.

    I shot some HP5+ Saturday in a Diana (it was World Toy Camera Day), which has very little exposure control and thus the exposures are pretty much all over the scale (well, +- 2 or 3). There were a lot of mountain vistas, for which detail would be nice, relatively speaking. I used a red filter for most of the shots. Obviously I'm not anxious to meet f/64 sanctioned standards :tongue: but I'd like to mitigate the blocked shadows. I don't mind graininess.

    How might Rodinal (with semi-stand) and Diafine compare in shadow detail, and in how they'd treat the highlights? What about apparent sharpness? Is Diafine a "solvent" developer (softens the grain?)? Which would you use? Thanks in advance!
     
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    I use Diafine all the time with my Holga negs and it goes a long way towards evening out the exposure compared to other developers I have used (D-76 and DDX) It is also slightly less grainy than the others, IME. Sorry I cannot offer a direct compare with Rodinal.
     
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