View Poll Results: how many developers do you use ?
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Update: I've now used Rodinal and I LOVE IT, such amazing tones, used with PanF+ I didn't see any noticeable increase in grain, in fact it was almost better grain than Ilfsol 3, of course this is a very fine grain film to begin with, but still, the look it had was great, so now I'm officially a Rodinal fan too.
I am a hack beginner. I have been developing for about 3 years now. I shoot 135 and 120 on Acros, Neopan, Plus-X, Tri-X, Fomapan 100 and 400, plus Efke and Rollei 80s in 127.
I use the same developer on all of them - whatever I have on hand
I started with Ilfosol-3 but hated it and when it became yellow I turned it out.
Then I went to D-76 which I really liked but mixing is a hassle and it wouldn't last past 6 months for me.
So I bought HC-110 which has lasted a long time. Always used it at dilution B (1+31) But was never all that thrilled.
Last weekend I tried HC-110-H (1+63) and got the prettiest Fuji Neopan negatives I have ever done.
So I think I will stick with HC-110-H for a while before I mix up that X-tol.
Rodinal (although I'm down to the last bottle of my stash, and will be onto the other (growing) stash of Adonal soon...) & DDX for high speed films...
I'd like to use one for everything, but you, John, know that story.
It looks like I'm using Pyrocat PC, FX2, Hypercat, 510-Pyro, DD-23, Divided D-76, HC-110, Rodinal, PC-TEA, and a super secret concoction of my own.
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Depends on the the particular film. For Ilford Pan-F I use D-23 for everything else either HC-110 or a Rodinal substitute.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I have brewed many developers in the past just for fun (D-23, D-76 divided, Neofin Blue, Caffenol...) but today I'm settled with the following developers:
PC-TEA: my multipurpose developer
510-PYRO: I use it mainly to develop large format sheets film
Parodinal: for stand development when I need compensating
and Caffenol-C-H to develop 400 iso rolls pushed @ 800.
PC-TEA/510-PYRO and (pa)rodinal have an outstanding shelf life. This is also a reason why I love them so much!
Homebrewed D-76d 1+1.
Can easily mix it up on demand from thimblefuls up to enough to paint the house. And the stock keeps forever in oxygen-reduced amber glass bottles.
Nectar of the Gods.
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"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
I've pretty much settled on HC110, usually Dilution H as a one-shot. If I ever decide to drag out the Minox B that lurks in a drawer here, I might try another option (but just as likely not!) My usage runs fairly haphazard and one-shot from concentrate eliminates any record keeping and anxiety; the stuff is always there, ready and predictable.
Rodinal, usually 1+100 but I've tried 1+300 for a 2.5 hour stand
HC-110, B or G
TD-3 (I bought this for Technical Pan but I actually prefer Rodinal for it and this stuff is rotting)