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    best dilute devoloper for HP5

    I've got a bunch of HP5 120 and usually develop it in Xtol. Lately I've been using Pyrocat HD, with great results. I'm out of Xtol and I don't really want to mix another 5 liters as I'm on the road right now. Pyrocat's great as it can be mixed on the spot and I can keep it in small bottles, however it's not as versatile and doesn't give me that extra push to 800 that Xtol does.
    So basically my question is what concentrated dilute developer, which can be mixed on the spot and will work for various conditions works well for HP5. I've heard Rodinal's no good with HP5. I have some HC110- any other suggestions.

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    DD-X

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    By dilute I meant something more like HC110 that's 1-31 (dil b) or pyrocat hd 1:1:100. But I may still give the DD-X a try.

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    I just did a bunch of 120 HP5 400 in HC-110, dilution H, and was very pleased with the results.

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    Toffle, did you use a semi-stand method or did you agitate normally?

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    Last month I processed my first rolls of HP5 in over 20 years, in Pyrocat-HD the results are superb

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    Rodinal works well with HP5 in my opinion. But if you want to push I would recommend Tmax or DDX.

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    I mix xtol and then put it into 5 one liter bottles.

    Can't you do this?

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    Second DD-X a little pricey but can keep 6 months in a half-full bottle and gives great results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Last month I processed my first rolls of HP5 in over 20 years, in Pyrocat-HD the results are superb

    Ian
    Ian, how did you process your film? Dilution/Temp/Time and agitation please!

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