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    Divided D76

    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.


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    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.

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    I should add that I rated the Tri-X at 400.

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    [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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Lime
    I should add that I rated the Tri-X at 400.
    Harry Lime
    Some swear by Diafine, Acufine, and ACU-1, for
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim appleyard
    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.

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    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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