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    Tetenal Emofin + water (!!!)

    I know most of you (especially the ones in the new parts of the world) have never tried to use Emofin. But you may have tried Diafine...

    I don't know how similar the two developers are, but I have made some tests with Emofin and discovered something that might prove interesting:

    By diluting the developer at twice the final volume than the one recommended (making 2+2 liters of working sol. instead of 1+1 with every couple of bottles), I can develop many films (especially Agfapan) with quite nice results.

    I expose the films at the recommended E.I. and then use the recommended dev. times in each bath augmented by 50%.

    The formula works fine with somewhat contrasty subjects (of course), like the ones we have here in our sunny country. 6-7 stops of subject contrast are OK, 5 can be fine if printed on a contrasty paper and a condenser head.

    On the other hand, gradation and highlight contrast are great, shadow detail is fine. I won't speak about grain, as I don't usually shoot 35mm and/or fast films. I feel that grain is a natural ingredient of photography, anyway, and I wouldn't try to avoid it, would it come my way...

    I can develop many films in 2+2 litres of the solution so this expensive soup starts to become more interesting, financially, by following this strange invention. It's also quite stable in stoppered bottles so I can use it for a long period of time without problems.

    Does anyone have any experience with Emofin, apart the usual (recommended) use for speed gain ? Does anyone really know what it contains ?

    I think that it's worth trying, if you usually have films that ask for N-1 or N-2 development (N-3 and N-4 too... hahaha). Of course, this is not something that can be of any use for scandinavian photographers, Ole... ;-)

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    Since Emofin is a two bath developer and can be used repeatedly, I fail to find any economy in diluting it. In deed, by diluting it you may adversely effect the life of the developer by reducing the sulfite content.

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    Well, Gerald you surely are right. It's a mistake to say that it becomes more economical by diluting it... Sorry.

    It worked for me though, since I also use tanks that take more that 1 liter of solution in them, so when otherwise I would have to use two packs of Emofin, now I can work with only one at a time.

    I have not checked if diluting it with more water affects its shelf life. I don't think I have the equipment needed to do that, anyway...



 

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