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    Tmax Developer

    I have been using Tmax developer as my fine grain dev for the past few years but I do not seem to hear many APUG members recommending it. Why is this so? My supplier highly recommends it but does agree it is expensive.

    I know Xtol seems to be widely used and recommended but I am too lazy to mix and use power developers.

    So regarding liquid developers, how do you rate Tmax?

    Peter

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    I have been using Tmax developer for years. My standard film is Tmax 400, usually rated with 250 ASA. I am very happy with the combination, as it gives me great tonal range.

    And the best thing for me: it is easy and quick to use!

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    Alien:

    I just developed about 5 rolls of 400TMY in this stuff and got back really dense negatives. How long do you develop for?

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    Andrew,
    I get dense negatives too, but they have all the information on them that I want.

    I develop for 5min 30 sec in 26 degrees, agitate every minute.

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    Dear Peter,

    T-Max is not really a fine grain developer. The grain is a bit larger than I would like for 35mm but it works great with 4x5.

    Neal Wydra

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    Neal is right, you will get finer grain with other developer.

    It all depends what you are after.

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    TMAX is by all accounts good for Tmax films and other modern emulsions but not perhaps the best for traditional emulsions. I have used the stuff and had no real feelings either way, apart from it being too expensive. At 1+4 is is silly! I am keeping Ilford DDX to one side for when I need more speed, but use that at 1+9 for economy. Theres nothing wrong with it, but I just cannot see a good reason to use ot unless using TMAX film and even so many would suggest cheaper alternatives. There are IMHO better alternatives out there for acutance (pyro devs/Acutol/FX39/Rodinal etc) fine grain (ID11/Perceptol/Xtol/Aculux/Xtol) economy (HC110/Ilfotec HC/Pyrocat HD/Rodinal & pretty well anything)) or for a general all round characteristics incl economy (ID11/D76/Aculux 2).

    Theres nothing wrong with it! Just I wont pay £13 for 5 L of working dev when I can get most of the others at well under half this price (Aculux 2/FX-39 is £6.50 for 15L for example and both are superb! FX39 is aimed at emulsions such as the Deltas and Tmax and has an outstanding reputation at at 1/6th the price!.

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    My aim in 35mm is always the thinnest negative will detail in the shadows where I want it. This leads to sharper, and less grainy photos. I took 10% off of the Kodak recommended time and they are still WAY to thick. I will probably go back to Xtol anyway.

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    Good Afternoon,

    T-Max developer is what I have used for the T-Max films for as long as it has been available. Notwithstanding the "for roll films only" warning on the standard T-Max, I use the same stuff for 35mm, 120, and 4 x 5, usually in a 1:7 dilution from concentrate. I'm entirely satisfied with this developer and have never experienced any problems with it, although I could easily live with HC-110 for T-Max films should I happen to run out of T-Max. I can't comment on the RS version, since I've never used it.

    Konical

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    What do you recommend for a fine grain liquid developer to use with both modern and
    traditional films.

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