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    How to choose chemistry?

    I've run out of my AGFA's and now I can't figure out what to use: MACO, KODAK or anything else?
    I can't get anything I would like to, because there are only some photoshops here.
    Anyone heard about MACO?
    And if KODAK- then Xtol or Tmax? I know there's a lot of tex about differences, but still..
    And I guess most of them would be ok.


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    Xtol produces nice fine grain negatives but is only available in 5 litre packages. If you don't shoot a lot of film then you run the risk of the Xtol going bad before you've used it all.

    HC-110 is a good all around developer and the concentrate lasts for a LONG time even in partially filled bottles. Don't make the stock solution, as Kodak recommends, but dilute the concentrate directly to make the working solution. Use a medicine syringe to measure out the syrup. In some areas in Europe a less concentrated version of HC-110 is sold so check the label before diluting. Also check out this website for lots of good information on HC-110 http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/hc110. They also have a good website for Xtol which is accessable from the HC-110 website.

    Rodinal is cheap produces good results with medium to slow speed films and has similar keeping properties to HC-110.

    Kodak Tmax developer is good with their Tmax films but is rather pricey and was not designed for conventional films.

    Kodak D-76 (Ilford ID-11, Foma FV-3) is usually available even when other developers are not. Best used 1+2 with Tmax or Delta films.

    You can find development times at http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.html

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    Do you have a preference for powder or liquid developers?

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    I personally prefer liquid concentrates. But Xtol produces very nice images with fast films such as Tri-X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinis
    I've run out of my AGFA's and now I can't figure out what to use: MACO, KODAK or anything else?
    I can't get anything I would like to, because there are only some photoshops here.
    Anyone heard about MACO?
    And if KODAK- then Xtol or Tmax? I know there's a lot of tex about differences, but still..
    And I guess most of them would be ok.


    Reinis
    I have used T-max developer liquid concentrate with Ilford, Neopan, and Kodak films with good success. I only mix what I need and the concentrate keeps well in the bottle.
    "Nobody is perfect! But even among those that are perfect, some are more perfect than others." Walt Sewell 1947

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiyen
    Do you have a preference for powder or liquid developers?
    Well, till now I've used ony Rodinal - liquid
    Well, is the T-max's grain fine enough?

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    if you can edit your post, then I can too! :-)

    whether tmax is fine enough is up to you. I have never used it myself. Rodinal is not a fine grain developer but its sharpness is great.

    do you have a preference for a particular result? fine grain (at the expense of sharpness)? acutance (very sharp but grainier)? If you like the look of rodinal, there are several non-solvent developers that would fit the bill, and give you a bit more speed.

    xtol does seem to be one of those "does everything" kind of developers. fine grain but good speed, and even some adjacency effects if diulted.

    allan

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    I've played around with a bunch of developers they all have their own unique characteristics but plain ol' ubiquitous D-76 is as good as gold. It has earned its place as a photographic institution.

    If I was stuck with nothing but Tri X and D-76 (Which was probably the first film/dev combo that I ever used, a few decades ago), It wouldn't affect my photography very much at all.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    Well, it depends on what is on the film, but I don't think I want all the pictures to be very grainy. Ok, grain is good for some pictures, but that's not a reason to make the whole film grainy. So I think something that is midway between sharpness and fine grain, but a good midway - that would fit.

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    Well, as Flotsam said, D76 is one awfully versatile developer. Some might argue that you can get all that you want from XTOL and more than with D76.

    Just to clarify - I didn't mean that the images would be grainy. Just more grainy with something like rodinal than with something like Perceptol (or even undiluted D76). The grain will be sharper.

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