I have grown found of Edwal Ultra Black, with shipping on the pricy side. Last time I was in LA I bought a case from Freestyle. Someone told me that Edwal stopped making most Photo Chem including Utra Black.
All paper developers are 'best'.
Since you develop your negatives to suit your paper and paper developer combination, that is. (If you want the 'best' results).
It's all about exploiting the potential of your materials. So you don't pick your paper developer after you process your negatives. You pick your paper and paper developer first, and then you expose and process your negatives to suit the characteristics of your chosen combination.
With that said, I like the economy of replenished Ethol LPD. Lasts a very long time, and has been my paper developer of choice for years.
I was checking on line to see if Ultra Black is still being sold. If by best, best means price I found B&H selling Edwal TST for $229.50, special order, seems to be high capacity but $229.50. Anyone have any experaince with TST?
I like Edwal TST. I use it rarely, though, for solarizations.
My favorite is LPD, replenished. I like the print quality and the economy. I can print just a couple of contact sheets, or all day long; then return the developer to the bottle, replenishing as required.
How do you folks who replenish LPD do this? Do you add a measured amount of fresh solution per print?
I just fill my working solution bottle back to the top at the end of each session.
when i suggest that it is environmentally friendly i mean that the components
are NON TOXIC. it is coffee ( which you can drink )
washing soda ( which is baking soda with more water )
and vitamin c ( which you can take for a cold )
good points about the rain forest &C ... i hadn't thought about that ..
the robusto coffee that i used for my developer is the ugly cousin
of arabica coffee ... it is not liked by connoisseurs .. it is not shade grown &C ...
i wonder if it is grown in the same way that the more expensive "connoisseur-coffee" is grown,
in the plantations you mention...
i am seriously thinking of not buying anymore store bought print or film developer
after i run out of my ansco 130 and just using coffee developer for everythng...
i see no point in having more nasty chemicals in my house ... metol, HQ, glycin, KBr ..
nasty ... coffee, sodium carbonate, vit c .. non-toxic.
if i could grow my own, i would ...