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    Agfa Multicontrast Developer

    I've been using Agfa Multicontrast Developer as my "standard paper dev".
    I now have the need to reproduce prints from several negs to match existing prints, is there a recipe lurking whereby I can mix my own Agfa MC developer.
    PS: supplies of this developer here in Oz are, lets say, unreliable.

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    Well, there is Dektol. Here in the US, the stuff is dirt cheap and it's certainly a good paper developer. I don't know if the results will match exactly with Agfa's Multicontrast developer but it's worth a try. It's tough enough to get an exact match, so close enough might just be good enough.

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    You could try Ilford Multicontrast Developer---I have used it--it's a concentrated liquid so mix with water and go forth n develope. It also has good lasting properties in a half full bottle of concentrate. I to use Dektol because it is cheap but I think I am going to move to Ilford because they are making a commitment to B&W and Kodak doesn't seam to be making the same commitment.

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    To my understanding the manufacturer will send it to the Land of Oz too.
    Be prepared to take 15L.
    (I must admit their sales regulations are ambiguous.)

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    Here is a good formula that I've used that is fairly close to Agfa Multicontrast paper developer.

    Agfa 125 Neutral Tone Paper Developer

    Water (125F/52C)...........................750ml
    Metol............................................3 .0 grams
    Sodium Sulfite (anhydrous)...............44.0 grams
    Hydroquinone.................................12.0 grams
    Sodium Carbonate (anhydrous)..........65.0 grams
    Potassium Bromide...........................2.0 grams
    Water to make................................1,000ml

    It is quite close to D-72 and Dektol in formulation. For use dilute 1+2 for development of times 1 to 2 min at 20 C. If you want a softer look, dilute 1+4 and develop for 3 minutes at 68 F/20 C.
    Last edited by Snapshot; 12-29-2007 at 05:25 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Corrected formula.
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    Hi Guys,

    I have tried the manufacturer, but they sell exclusively through their agent here which is understandable. The agent though is stuck on a stock-turn basis and has been sitting on his existing stockpiles for over two years. Once bitten twice shy. So essentially I am looking to replenish into an existing processor which is currently juiced with Agfa MC Dev.
    Thanks for the interest.

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    Even if you cannot get the Agfa (branded) developer from your local (country-wide) distributor, there is no reason you can't order it from an online vendor in another "developer friendly" country.

    If you order a liquid concentrate developer you are paying for water, though. It would be best to purchase a powder.

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    You really should have no problem "topping up" your processor with properly diluted to working strength Ilford Multicontrast Developer.

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    Hi Phototune,
    What do you mean by "topping up" your processor?

    Jason B

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    Hi All,
    Thanks for your interest, have received a copy of formula out of Agfa's Anwendungstechnik-Foto marked 12/91. It appears to be similar in make up to Neutol and Agfa-130. Will advise results soon. Stop looking and thanks again, got some mixing to do.

    Jason B

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