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    Liquid developer suggestion

    Hi,

    I started to make my own developing with Xtol but I do not shot many rolls of film (1 or 2 a week) and the solution expires quite fast.
    I was looking for a liquid developer as a substitute, an all-purpose developer with good keeping properties, a good compromise between acutance and fine grain, and, if possible, inexpensive.

    I can easily find near by Ilford developers (DD-X, Ilfosol-S, LC-29), Kodak HC-110, Rodinal, some Rodinal clones (Fomadon R09; Adolux APH09) and Paterson Aculux 3.

    Could you give me a suggestion?
    I normally use Fomapan film (100, 200 and 400) and some HP5+ and HP4+. All 35mm.

    Best regards and thanks in advance,

    Nuno Campos.

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    My all-round developer has become HC-110. I use it with everything I shoot, Foma 100, Plus-X, Tir-X, T-Max 100. I have no complaints with it. The bottle I have I bought 2 years ago and immediatelyl decanted it into small red liquid medicine bottles. The last bottle I opened looks just like it did when I filled it. My second choice is Rodinal. Use it on everything listed above plus Acros and FP4+. Again, no complaints. Rodinal doesn't seem to work well with HP5+. My Rodinal bottle was opened 3+ years ago and although dark brown, still works fine.

    The Ilfosol-S has a short shelf life after opening. Ilfotec HC is a HC-110 clone.

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    If you're willing to learn to use a staining developer, PMK Pyro will last for years.
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    As acutance and fine grain are of importance to you I would certainly give Ilford's LC-29 a try. I just prefered it to their DDX and Ilfosol-S with regard to fineness of grain particularly with the smaller formats. A good all rounder in my opinion.

    However I prefer by far PMK Pyro which is available ready mixed. Its tonal range, acutance and fineness of grain with films like HP5 and Delta 400 certainly in the 35mm format is exceptional IMO. Great things have been published on Pyrocat-HD but I've yet to try this one.

    At the end of the day only you can decide on what suits you. Some trial and error awaits.

    Good luck,
    Trevor.

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    Nuno,
    If you're interested in PMK Pyro or Pyrocat developers, I recommend you check out the articles on this site: www.unblinkingeye.com.
    Also, you should get a copy of "The Book of Pyro" by Gordon Hutchings.

    Dan
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    HC-110: It is inexpensive, easy to use, lasts "indefinitely" (in concentrate form) and it just plain works great!

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    I use HC-110 (dilution H) for fast film and Rodinal for slow film. Both are economical because you only use small quantities and they do not degrade after they are opened.
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    HC 110, DDX, TMAX, and Clayton F76 all come to mind.

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    i started using sprint film developer again.
    it is kind of like d76 but different.
    comes in a cube or a 1L tube and is ez to mix ( 1:9 ).

    i stopped using it for a good 10 years, and started using it again
    and am glad i did ...
    their fixer is amazing too.

    -john

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    Ilfotec HC hasn't been mentioned, so I'll do the honours. For just about every film I have used it's top notch - but I still prefer Neofin blau for Efke 25.
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