View Poll Results: how many developers do you use ?
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Ilfosol for fp4 and hp5
FG7S for hp5 pushed past 1600
D-76 for shanghai and most of the expired kodak films I can afford
Mostly Xtol straight (replenished) and/or HC110E or H. Or D. And a little coffee.
Mostly Rodinal and Tanol. Some times I also make Agfa 8.
I chose 3 - only because I'll go to the next on the list, if the former isn't available.
1. Atomal FF (still got a couple of bags left, and they're still going strong)
2. D76 - stock standard that you truly can't go wrong with, and almost any store will have it on the shelf if I get in trouble.
3. Rodinal - not had a lot of experience with this developer, but the Agfa films I processed in this looked good, but I'll admit I haven't used it on other films.
Have used ID11 in college - pretty much the same as D76; in all honesty, my Atomal FF is my favourite and I have it matched to my shooting down to a T. The others - they give me good, usable negs, although they can be a bit "thick" at times. (Purely my errors - not the dev!)
Rodinal & ID-11 Lately I have been mixing the two for an interesting outcome. Nice. It has the good effects of both. 1-3 ID-11 diluted in 1-100 Rdnl
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I use Rodinal mostly. For 400 ASA film and for aerial film I use Atomal 49.
Mostly Rodinal but also Diafine for TriX
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T-Max RS for Kodak films and Delta 3200. D76 for everything else except pushing Tri-X to 1250. For that I use Diafine. So I use three.
Well, as you all know i am new to film and first time i did process my film was in 2010, then 2011 i stopped due to dad death and left job, 2012 recovering year, now in this year i will try to get back to film photography.
That period in the past i was using 3 developers, Ilfosol 3, TMAX and D-76, out of three TMAX and Ilfosol 3 where my favorite, but in 2011 i think or 2012 i started to use HC-110 [Dil H] and loved it, so this became also another favorite developer, now i have 3 nice developer i like results of it i am going to test 3-4 more developers, Diafine, Pyrocat HD, Rodinal when i will make it from scratch if i succeed, and maybe XTOL which i bought so long time ago and never opened it yet, i have ID-11 but it is same as D-76 which i didn't like much even i got good nice results but not on par as mentioned devs, also i have Microphen, and i have ingredients for Caffenol too.
Caffenol is for tests only.
Microphen for Delta high speed films [Delta 3200].
XTOL is my first dream dev but its 5-L made me to change my mind to use it.
Pyrocat-HD for my LF films [When i will prepare it from scratch later].
Rodinal for last long dev needed when some of my devs are dead or exhausted quickly and for stand dev.
Diafine is for push processing.
And to make my film/dev combo list here is what i will go for:
-TMAX dev: Tmax 100/400, Acros 100
-HC-110: Delta 100/400, HP5+, Tri-X, Acros 100
-Ilfosol 3: Pan F+, FP4+, Acros 100
-Microphen: Delta 3200/400
-Diafine: Tri-X, HP5+ [both at box speed or push]
-ID-76 lol: both dev for Tri-X and Arista Prem and Foma films
-Pyrocat: for LF films doesn't matter which one, but i think i will use it for Arista Premium and HP5+
-Caffenol: as for test it will be used mostly for Arista Prem
-XTOL: If i will use this dev then the most films i like to use with this one will be Acros 100, TMAX 400 and HP5+, i will test Tri-X with it because i see Tri-X is a high recommended film but i didn't like it with D-76 even i tried many times, got not bad or good results but didn't beat my results from Acros and TMAX 400, even HP5+ was better for me over Tri-X, so maybe XTOL will make it shining and winner.