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    Favorite B&W Print Developer Formula

    Hi All,

    I've been experimenting with a few of the home brew print developer formulas. Specifically, the Kodak D-72, Silvergrain DS-14 and the Agfa 100 print developer formulas. They all seem comparable in terms of performance, although there are subtleties between them. So far, I seem to prefer the D-72 for its gradation and the Afga 100 for its luminosity.

    Anyone have a favourite print developer formula?
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    Ansco 130 of course! It's the only print developer I found that gave a slight edge in terms of the quality of gradations. Very subtle, you have to make a side by side comparison, but it's worth it for FB and RC. I also find that Kodak PolymaxT is very close as well.
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    I loved Ansco 120 soft working developer which I used almost exclusively with Agfa's Record Rapid and Portriga Rapid papers.

    Ansco 120
    Water @ 52*C..................750ml
    Metol..............................12.3g
    Sodium sulphite, anhyd.......36g
    Sodium carbonate, anhyd....30g
    Potassium bromide..............1g
    Water to 1 litre
    Use diluted 1:2 or more for 1.5 to 3minutes.

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    I have used Dupont 54D for years:
    2.7 grms Metol
    40 grms sodium sulfite
    10.6 grams Hydroq
    87 grms sodium carb
    .8 grms Bromide
    Makes a liter and dilute it 1 - 2

    For warm tone you can reduce the sodium carbonate by 2/3s and reduce the Hydroquinone by half and increase the bromide by 4 times.

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    Ansco 130 for me, unless I'm using MAS amidol.
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    130, BW-65, and Ethol LPD, in that order.

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    All I use is Ansco 130. I have tried others of course, and quite like Agfa Neutol WA as well.
    1. Very versatile in different dilutions
    2. Brings out an amazing range of tones, almost as good as Amidol but cheaper
    3. Lasts nearly forever if you can prevent it from evaporating
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    Another vote for Ansco 130.

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    I would suggest checking and comparing them for tray life and capacity.

    I have found quite a few developers don't have the capacity stated in the instrucions or data provided, and some have bad tray life.

    What this means to me is that if I have to run 24 8x10s in a tray, the first one does not match the last, or if I am running a small batch and my wife calls me for lunch or dinner, the first does not match the last. I feel that quite a few of you are not aware of how fast some developers can change in the tray.

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    Ron, if you're going to cast aspersions, at least name your target. WHICH developer(s) do not have keeping value? The most mentioned developer here in this thread is Ansco 130. So which developer is it that "quite a few of you" are missing the boat on? In my experience, Ansco 130 has VERY long keeping life, both in the bottle and in the tray.

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