Glycin... fresh glycin... what developers to make with it?
I just got 100 grams of fresh glycin from Photographer's Formulary. I plan to make up about 5 litres of Ansco 130 stock solution. That leaves me with 45 grams of glycin and it deteriorates by the day...
So... are there any other good formulas that use glycin? Let me know your experiences. I have a good opportunity to experiment.
There may be some recipes here on apug, or grab a copy of Anchell's "Darkroom Cookbook"; quite a few in there.
Don't worry, your glycin won't go bad THAT fast.
Mortensen's Glycin variant film developer for use with his '7-D' approach:
Mortensen Glycin Variant:
water 750 ml
sodium sulfite 19 g
Glycin 4 g
sodium carbonate 19 g
water to make 1000 ml
Soft working fine grain developer. He used it to develop negatives to gamma infinity - so about 2 hours or so for any film. This will work if you place your highlights on Zone V, and don't sweat the shadows. More reasonable would be Tri-X for 12m at 70 degrees. YMMV. This is amazingly sharp and fine grained. Really rocks with that old Verichrome you've been hoarding. Plus-X isn't too bad either.
Make a phenidone version of 130
You could try the Adams version of 130 (http://www.jackspcs.com/pd130a.htm).
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Make a phenidone Adams version.
Harvey's 777, breakfast of champions. (But you'll need p-phenylenediamine and metol, too.)
Call me a stick in the mud, but if you're setting off to mix up something new, try some tried and true formulae, and see what they do before venturing off into the unknown.
Bill Troop calls FX-2 the finest glycin formula ever. I'd offer MHO that Troop was making an understatement. It is simple, spectacular, has no bad habits. The one unusual ingredient ( pinakryptol yellow ) can be left out and nobody will no the difference. Check out The Film Developing Cookbook.
AS for Ansco 130, it is undeservedly in the background in these days of Amidol passion. Imagine a developer with all the magic of Amidol without a prima donna's temperament and you get 130. My standard developer is the Adams variation in tandem with the Adams second bath, with carbonate and HQ. But I've always liked 2 bath developers, and shoot a lot of pictures with really long scales. Begin with 130, and see what you can do with it.
Glycin developers can turn black and still be a perfectly viable developer. Have a good time with it.
And have no fear about using the glycin in a hurry: it may turn dark, but still is fine.
HINT: When mixing the 130, add the glycin BEFORE the carbonate. Mix it as well as you can, then add a little carbonate at a time until the glycin disolves. It will be pretty easy.
Second HINT: Get a mortar and pestle. Use it to smush up the inevitable chunks of glycin before you mix the developer. It helps.
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