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    good paper developer for small batches

    I have recently begun using Barry Thornton's formula for film development and I really like it. Unfortunately I only get to make prints from time to time and am afraid my old stand-by, Dektol, has a short shelf life. Can anyone recommend a good developer for RC VC paper that can be mixed in small batches? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fralexis View Post
    I have recently begun using Barry Thornton's formula for film development and I really like it. Unfortunately I only get to make prints from time to time and am afraid my old stand-by, Dektol, has a short shelf life. Can anyone recommend a good developer for RC VC paper that can be mixed in small batches? Thanks.
    Ilford PQ Universal is available in 500ml size bottles. It works perfectly well with graded and VC papers, both resin-coated and fibre-based.

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    Ethol LPD would be something you might want to look into. Works extremely well and has great keeping qualities to boot. Not cheap, but not wasteful either. JohnW

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    If you make your own, you can make as little or as much as you need. Have a look at http://www.jackspcs.com/pde72.htm . It works just like Dektol and as an ascorbic acid substituted, ingredients are strait forward to source.
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    I have started mixing D-72 as a replacement for Dektol and it works great. I think that you can get the formula at Jack's website. It is very similar to the E-72, but doesn't use ascorbic acid.


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    That is the attraction of E-72. It get's increasingly difficult to get suppliers to ship hydoquineone. Ascorbic acid is also safer for the environment.
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    If you can find it, Kodak Polymax-T/Liquid Dektol is a liquid concentrate that has some similarities to HC-110 (as far as keeping qualities).
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    I use replenished Ansco 130 mixed 1:1. Lasts practically forever. I've recently been using some as replenisher that I misplaced three years ago and it still works well (stored in glass bottles with rubber stoppers). I've been replenishing by minimizing my drain time and washing some developer down the drain with each print. I then fill the 2 liter bottle back to the top with fresh developer mixed 1:1 at the end of the print session. The current mixed bottle has been going for about a year and still develops quickly with nice deep blacks. I do need to filter it every few print sessions to get rid of some black particulates that form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrred View Post
    That is the attraction of E-72. It get's increasingly difficult to get suppliers to ship hydoquineone. Ascorbic acid is also safer for the environment.
    Any developer containing ascorbate needs to also contain a chelating agent for iron. Otherwise the developer may have a very short life due to the Fenton reaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch
    a chelating agent for iron
    Would EDTA be suitable? (of the readily available things)
    If so, which form & how much?

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