Hello there -
I just got back from a trip and have about 60 rolls of Tri-X sitting here. In light of the amount of film that needs to be developed I am thinking that using a divided developer may be a good idea, since these type of developers can deliver great consistency etc. I also believe that it will help control some of the high contrast subjects I shot.
I was curious if anyone here would care to share their experiences with Divided D76.
My standard developer has been Ilford DD-X, but I have also dabbled a little with XTOL.
If you have films from trip, why don't you use your usual developer. I think it's not the best place where you can try new things.
Besides, I prefer replenisher system over divided developers. I use replenisher system with Paterson 5 reel tank. You don't need a large tank for replenished system to work perfectly.
I should add that I rated the Tri-X at 400.
[CODE][QUOTE=Ryuji]If you have films from trip, why don't you use your usual developer. I think it's not the best place where you can try new things.[/CODE]
True. I was first going to do a trial run, with a few rolls I shot around town.
Part of what got me started on this idea was that a friend of mine, whom I visited there, has been processing all of his TX in DD76 and I really liked the results. The highlights were very creamy and I am hoping that because a divided developer is very predictable, that it will make it easier to process all 60 rolls with the same consistency.
Some swear by Diafine, Acufine, and ACU-1, for
Originally Posted by Harry Lime
producing good film speed. ACU-1 is one-shot
Acufine. I've just started working my way
through a liter of ACU-1. Dan
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Good advice from previous posters. I haven't had very good luck, with one exeption, from divided devs. I've tried all the ones from Anchell's "The Darkroom Dookbook and the only one I use repeatedly is D2D (not be be confused with Wimberly's WD2D). I find D2D to be great with faster films like Tri-X.
I have read other threads that speculate that today's emulsions are to thin to soak up enough of Bath A, to make a divided dev. work. Others use them all the time with good results. Go figure.
What ever you do, do a test roll first. Divided devs can be very economical; perfect for doing lots of rolls.
So are replenished developers. There aren't many good replenishable developers you can buy in small quantity, but XTOL can be used in a replenished system, though with the well known risk. D-76 can be replenished (see my website for more details). There are also lots of developers that can be modified to replenishing system.
Originally Posted by jim appleyard
Like Xtol, DDX lacks nothing compared to Tri X. It gives a smooth curve, as D76, and a step more shadow speed, less granularity.
Divided D76 will induce a shoulder that may not be useful, and DDX really can't be surpassed. Why worry ?
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