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    $42 for a gallon of developer? Seriously?

    I decided I should buy some new Diafine, not because my old batch died but because I'm down to about a liter from the original gallon.

    Freestyle has it, but it's $42. What?
    f/22 and be there.

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    I don't really relish paying that much for it, but...I like it. I don't know. I'm conflicted. No one knows the recipe, right?
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    I was about to buy some in order to try it out on suggestion from a discussion in another thread but, after seeing the price, I figured it could wait.
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    It is not just Freestyle but everyone. My guess is that BKA decided that the only way they were not going to discontinue Diafine is if they made a profit on it. Increasing the price from $12.99 a gallon (what I last paid a few years ago) to over $40 was a shock, but I paid it. When you consider the total number of rolls you can develop per liter (or gallon) Diafine is still a bargain.
    Last edited by brianmquinn; 11-17-2012 at 09:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    I was about to buy some in order to try it out on suggestion from a discussion in another thread but, after seeing the price, I figured it could wait.
    If you want I can send you some of my liquid Diafine for you to try out. A gallon lasts me about 5 years and has never gone bad in storage. If I can get you to buy than maybe in 5 years they will still have it for sale. Send me a PM.

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    Adorama has it for about $25 per quart (Liter) with shipping. That is the best deal I see now.

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    A final note. Ilford DD-X is a fantastic speed increasing developer, like Diafine. However Ilford DD-X is almost $70 per gallon. DD-X will also yield far less rolls of film developed as it can not be reused as much as Diafine.

    For others who care to comment, I do use BOTH of these developers. DD-X is best for Delta 3200, Daifine is best for Tri-X rated at 1250. The final image is all that matters. Pay what you need to achieve your vision.
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    I've made home made 'Diafine' before, worked very well. I'll try to recall the recipe I used. Qutie cheap to mix up, first bath pH is fairly critical as there needs to be -some- development in there so that bath B can accelerate that faint low contrast image, if bath B only has the latent image to work with, you'll get poor thin negs.

    Nowadays, I just cant stop loving Xtol (even if it wasn't one of the cheapest, I'd still be all over it).

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    I think I will end up switching to Xtol. I find I get the same shadow speed with Xtol as with Diafine, but the great thing about Diafine is that my regularly-exposed shots on the same roll don't get totally cooked.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Don't look at $/gal, figure out $/roll - that's what really matters. I believe Diafine basically lasts forever and the only consumption is via carryover.

    You can also mix similar 2-bath devs from scratch for pretty cheap.

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