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    Paper developer suggestions?

    I'm using Dektol, and I print mostly on Oriental paper. Seriously, it's the only paper developer in my darkroom right now...and I don't feel very good about that. It's not that I'm displeased with Dektol, I just want to try something new and broaden my horizons a bit. Thus, I'm open to any suggestions. Here's your big chance to tell me what I should be doing, and not have me argue with you at all.

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    hi sundowner

    i use and love ansco 130
    it is bought through the photographers formulary
    ( the are the only ones left who make glycin )

    in stock solution it lasts for a long long time,
    it is warm toned if diluted and less so when used stronger

    it can be diluted ( 1:6 or more ) and used to process film

    some say it lasts for 30 days in an open tray

    i like using it when it gets dark like cocacola to process paper negatives.

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    130 is a great developer. And so is LPD, very inexpensive and flexible.

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    I use Kodak Polymax-T.

    Marketed as Liquid Dektol in some parts of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundowner View Post
    Seriously, it's the only paper developer in my darkroom right now...and I don't feel very good about that.
    There's your problem if you ask me. Having one paper developer is not a bad thing at all. However I can't necessarily argue against trying new things either. So I'd say if you want to try something different, try something more different than 130. With typical neutral toned papers it will be more or less indistinguishable from Dektol. Which raises another possibility for variety - stick with one print developer and try some different papers.

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    I get better tonality with 130 than Dektol, so it definitely doesn't perform the same. Different enough? That's for you to decide.

    The best option: get some bulk ingredients and an accurate scale, and make up some developers from published formulas (or experiment on your own once you know what you're doing). You can make a hydroquinone-only developer for instance, or try any of the many Ansco formulas. Fun stuff!
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    I prefer Ethol LPD, inexpensive, long lasting, and very flexible. Changing mix ratio adjusts tonallity without sacrificing developing time.
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    Okay, so Ansco 130 goes on the list. I'm looking up LPD right now...

    And yes, I want to shift papers around as well. However...one variable at a time.

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    Liquidol is apparently building a good reputation.
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    I really like oriental in LPD at 1:2 dilution, just my 2¢.

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