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Thread: D76 vs HC-110

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    D76 vs HC-110

    I ran into a guy today who was looking for someone to develop film for him. He had a regular guy who he paid to run film for him and I guess that arrangement isn't working out.

    Apparently, he mainly shoots Tri-X at 800, and then gets it developed normally. He likes thin negatives, I guess. His current guy is souping stuff in D76.

    So my question is: if I start developing his stuff in HC-110, what type of differences will he see? I run stuff with Solution B with normal agitation.

    I'm not sure he's going to be too picky, but I'd like to give him a heads up.

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    Check the relevant charts to correct for the dev timing. Otherwise most things will be similar, except that the grain will be even more pronounced in HC-110. It's an especially gritty combination, which someone might like or not like.

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    I find that hc110 has more of an s-curve then d76. I used both extensively and they both are great developers.

    35 or 120?

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    He shoots 35mm. It strange that you say it makes grain more pronounced, because I find my current negatives pretty solid. Maybe I just don't remember what D76 is like. I haven't used it in a decade.

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    I'll agree with the added S-curve of HC110 as compared to D76. Not sure about the grain, yet.

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    Check the following site for extensive information on HC-110.

    http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/hc110

    Of particular interest to you is Kodak's comparison of HC-110 and D-76.
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    That S-curve issue is more likely to factor with high-contrast scenes than low contrast, but it's more a characteristic of TX in general than of
    the developer. HC-110 is a bit unusual in that it can still be very effective at a wide range of dilutions, but with the side effect of potentially
    changing the curve some. Dil B is kinda the starting point. #76 is quite similar either straight or 1:1 except for the time, but changes quite a
    bit with greater dilution, sometimes toward uselessness.

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    Both are classic developers in every sense. Let's not forget why has tri-x become legendary: because it worked so well in these 2 developers.
    I bet my shirt he will not see a difference.

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    There is the potential for a loss of shadow detail using HC 110 developer.

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    Do you know if he previous guy used development times with D-76 as if it was shot at box speed or did he change anything knowing the guy shot Tri-X at 800?
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