Does anyone know if it's possible to find Glycin in the UK ? I ordered a box of Lodima, so I need to find some Glycin to make Ansco/Agfa 130..
I have two bottles of Neutol WA to get through before I make up any more A130...
Good luck, Bob.
buze....I too have ordered Lodima, and will make up a batch of Amidol as per Michael. However, I have noted increasing posts about the excellent results obtained with other developers used with Azo type papers. I wonder if you have used Ansco 130 before with Azo paper, and if you compared the results with Amidol. Just curious, for obviously other non staining developers are more convenient to use.
Azo in Ansco 130 is very close to amidol, and other glycin developers I've tried can also be interesting as well--some warmer toned--but amidol gives better waterbath control than glycin. Here are Azo prints in two glycin developers, with some discussion to attempt to describe what isn't coming through in the digitized versions--
If you don't have a supply of cheap amidol and want to try to conserve it, I think a good strategy would be to use Ansco 130, and save up the negs that would benefit from waterbath treatment for sessions using amidol. When I'm using amidol, I usually have a combination of contact prints and enlargements to make, so I do the contact prints on Azo first, then add the requisite amounts of KBr and benzotriazole to the solution to use it for enlarging paper. Efke Emaks is a paper that really benefits from amidol. Most other enlarging papers will also look good in amidol, just not much better than they would in something more common like Dektol.
Thanks for the informative response, as always David!
Please let us know what the final cost works out including shipping, customs fees and VAT etc. It will be interesting to see if shipping the whole kit from the US works out cheaper than just importing the glycin and buying the rest locally - I suspect there will not be much in it.