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    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon View Post
    So I recently reaffirmed my love with black and white film. Does anyone still use T-max liquid developer? I used to mix just what i needed for a Paterson System 4, 2 reel tank which I holds 20 oz of developer. Does anyone still mix like that and have notes on mixing instructions? If not do you have anyone have any alternative developers they use?
    Are you happy to mix your own developer?

    If so you could make your own to use as you describe. Have a look at OBSIDIAN AQUA. Very easy to make up. Economical to use (1ml of developer in 500 ml of tap water). It also happens to be a fantastic developer, preserving fine grain and delivering very sharp results. You can use it semi-stand and stand to take advantage of its compensating properties too.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...=obsidian+aqua

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regular Rod View Post
    Are you happy to mix your own developer?

    If so you could make your own to use as you describe. Have a look at OBSIDIAN AQUA. Very easy to make up. Economical to use (1ml of developer in 500 ml of tap water). I also happens to be a fantastic developer, preserving fine grain and delivering very sharp results. You can use it semi-stand and stand to take advantage of its compensating properties too.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...=obsidian+aqua

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    RR don't confuse the poor guy, this is for someone who's been doing this a while and knows where to get all the chems... Let him get started before he has to try and tackle your home made developer...
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    I still can't get over the genius of naming a developer "obsidian aqua". Sounds like something that just got legalized in Denver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    RR don't confuse the poor guy, this is for someone who's been doing this a while and knows where to get all the chems... Let him get started before he has to try and tackle your home made developer...
    OBSIDIAN AQUA is not MY developer by any means. It is fast becoming my favourite but it isn't mine. eBay or Google will help him find the very few chemicals needed to make it up.

    My suggestion was made so that he will be more likely to get good results. OBSIDIAN AQUA is probably the easiest developer to get good results with. If he reads the link all will be revealed.

    Here's how I make up mine:



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    Quote Originally Posted by DREW WILEY View Post
    I still can't get over the genius of naming a developer "obsidian aqua". Sounds like something that just got legalized in Denver.
    It's a very accurate name. OBSIDIAN AQUA produces very sharp negatives and preserves fine grain.

    RR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regular Rod View Post
    OBSIDIAN AQUA is not MY developer by any means. It is fast becoming my favourite but it isn't mine. eBay or Google will help him find the very few chemicals needed to make it up.

    My suggestion was made so that he will be more likely to get good results. OBSIDIAN AQUA is probably the easiest developer to get good results with. If he reads the link all will be revealed.

    Here's how I make up mine:

    [IMG]C:\Users\user\Documents\Photography\OBSIDIAN AQUA Recipe.jpg[/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Could have sworn it was yours? Then who made it up?
    It's all in that link to the Large Format Photography Forum that I put up earlier.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...=obsidian+aqua

    Jay DeFehr (a very helpful chap indeed BTW)

    Mixing up developer is easy. 55 years ago, pocket money was in short supply, getting the chemicals and making your own was the only way to afford developer for some of us. I was nine when I made up my first developer. It was ID 11, which is the same as D 76...

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    I do love the idea of making my own developer, as companies fold or go out of business premade stuff will become harder to find. I will download and file it away, I again thank you everyone for the great information. I will be asking more question as I get further along. As for now does anyone know of a good way to convert the ratios in to millileters for mixing working solutions from consentraites or diluting working solutions?

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