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    Quote Originally Posted by ezwriter View Post
    Dektol dev for 1 min with the paper. ideas?
    You don't give a temperature or dilution but Kodak recommends 1 to 2 minutes. You may be pulling your prints too soon. Underdevelopment will cause poor contrast and the possibility of uneven development. Print development is carried to completeion. Try developing for 2 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    Most common cause is under exposure of the film. What do your negatives look like?
    I agree, I'd try shooting at a lower ISO before increasing developing time. Blacks in a print depend upon the a negative of sufficient density to expose the paper long enough to get black in the first place. Then the contrast can be tweaked in the printing.

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    Thanks for all that info. I'm using RC Ilford paper, dev for 1 min so as u suggest I'll try two mins.
    And the test print idea. thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezwriter View Post
    Thanks for all that info. I'm using RC Ilford paper, dev for 1 min so as u suggest I'll try two mins.
    And the test print idea. thanks again.
    If the source of your problem has been underexposure of the film, I think increasing the exposure at the enlarger will make it worse: you will get very dark prints. If I were you, I would try exposing the paper for a shorter period of time and cook the paper longer in freshly prepared and strong developer.

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