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    No more Dektol - what dev should I buy?

    I have always used Dektol for prints. Its excellent for my needs and I think all around its a wonderful, classic looking paper dev.

    But I will no longer buy anything in a yellow box (or bag). Screw them.

    So, the question is:

    What should I buy that will approximate the feel, ease of use, deep blacks and flexibility of Dektol? I would prefer Ilford products, on principle - but am totally unfamiliar with their paper developers.

    Thanks for any help in advance!

    Peter.

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    You can make dektol from scratch pretty easily. Photographers Formulary also sells there own devloper that is a dektol clone as well as all the chemistry to make your own. Ilford has a duplicate also.
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    zone vi from calumet photo is a great substitute for Dektol also


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    I use the liquid stuff from Agfa, both the Neutol WA and the Multicontrast developer.

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    Great, easier than I thought! In my current conditions it would be easier to use over the shelf stuff than mix my own - so which Ilford product is the Dektol clone?

    And I whould give PF a "call" - they certainly deserve my money - waht a great idea!

    Thanks all,

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    I am not familiar with the Dektol clone from Ilford I am sure they have one I just dont know it

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    I think it is called Bromophen in Europe, not sure of the US name.
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    Well I'd suggest calling Fotochem in Montreal. Save on shipping,taxes and price.

    Mixing your own is easier then mixing those little pouches up IMHO.

    If you really don't want to buy the chemicals then just go to Henry's and get yourself a bottle of Agfa's Multicontrast. You'll quickly learn to like it.

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    Ethol makes PLD; pretty versatile stuff. You can read abut it at: bkaphoto.com. I'm not sure if it's still made as a liquid, but the powder should be no problem for you if you liked Dektol.

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    Since I'm lazy and also a bit stingy, I mix my own Ansco 130. If you're a little less stingy you can buy it from Photographers Formulary. Great developer that lasts forever - I make a new batch once or twice a year.
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