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    I'll be honest: I left D-76 in search of a magic bullet.

    When I first started shooting film seriously (at age 15!), I used D76 and all the Kodak stuff available at the time. I was unsatisfied with my images, especially when I enlarged them. Lots of this was due to other issues. Poor focus, poorer exposure, mediocre equipment and lack of seeing. Therefore I searched the Gods of chemistry to avert my woes.

    About the same time I upgraded enlarger, camera, and became more proficient right when I started using PMK. So in combo, my images dramatically increased in quality. After that it was habit until I started getting most of my chemistry either raw or otherwise from Bostick & Sullivan who turned me onto Pyrocat-HD, which I can print in my enlarger, via UV on alt processes, or scan with ease. Stuck with it ever since.

    I do recommend D76 to beginners though...
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    ID-11 has an agent that prevents dissolved silver from replating itself onto the image, D-76 doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    ID-11 has an agent that prevents dissolved silver from replating itself onto the image, D-76 doesn't.
    Not any more. That was the old ID-11 PLUS. They found it caused problems with T-grain films after those were introduced and ID-11 went back to the old formula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    I'll be honest: I left D-76 in search of a magic bullet.
    D76 is the majic bullet.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Polyglot's link to the article about magic bullets is right on the mark.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    D76 is the majic bullet.
    Or the true generic standard.
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    Or the true generic standard.


    Which shows that the film developer is only a very small part of the whole process, because many photographers have magical results with 'generic' products.
    Knowledge of how to use it to get the results needed is infinitely more important. Technique, knowledge, and hard work is the true magic bullet.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post


    Which shows that the film developer is only a very small part of the whole process, because many photographers have magical results with 'generic' products.
    Knowledge of how to use it to get the results needed is infinitely more important. Technique, knowledge, and hard work is the true magic bullet.
    Exactly. That's what I was hoping to admit to. I just was young and naive and wanted to buy my way into better images.
    K.S. Klain

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    In terms of developer I went from: DD-X > Ilfotec HC / HC-110 > Tetenal Ultrafin > Pyrocat-HD > D-76 > XTOL. I had reliability problems with Pyrocat-HD. XTOL is reliable, high quality, inexpensive, and convenient in mixing and storage terms; i.e. near room temperature mixing, and good shelf life of powered product prior to mixing into solution.


    Tom

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    As most, I started with D76. I moved to HC-110 when I started doing an experiment when I was using BTZS tubes for 4x5. I wanted to standardize on time and temp, and adjust contrast with changes to the developer concentration. Long story short, it was more trouble than it was worth, but I liked HC-110, both for the results, and the ease of mixing and stuck with it.



 

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