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    good paper developer recommendations (asks a Dektol user)

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    I'm about to purchase some Dektol, and thought "why not try something different"

    So, if anyone has any other recommendations for me to try its for contact developing Ilford Portfolio RC paper. (which I have never used yet)

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    Why not Ilford Multigrade or PQ Universal.

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    you might consider LPD, great tray life, also, can be used in various dilutions ratios for changing tones
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    If I don't use Dektol, I use Ansco 130. I actually like the 130 better, but forget to always have it on hand.
    Plus I got a great deal on several 5 gallon boxes of Dektol.
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    Last edited by mikebarger; 03-05-2008 at 10:45 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    For every developer on the market, you'll find somebody who recommends it, although some only for certain papers, subjects, etc. Personally, I use the mix-it-yourself DS-14 and its commercial cousin, Tektol. I'm drawn to them largely because they're phenidone/ascorbate (PC) developers, which are safer (from health and environmental perspectives) than metol/hydroquinone (MQ) developers like Dektol. This health and safety difference is small, but as DS-14 and Tektol do the job as well as Dektol for me, I might as well use the PC developer.

    That said, if you're trying a new paper, as I read your post as saying, then I'd recommend you stick with a developer you know, at least for the moment. If you switch both paper and developer at the same time, you won't really know if any differences you see are because of the paper alone, the developer alone, or an interaction between the two.

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    PolymaxT is a great developer to nail that perfectly neutral black. 130 followed by selenium toning is right now my favorite paper chemistry.

    But as was said before, all products on the market are good, not that different from each other, unless you really know what you want from your workflow.
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    Liquidol works good, lasts a long time, it's available from the Formulary. It was invented by a well-respected APUG member. It's packaged as a liquid concentrate so it's a little less hassle to use than Dektol.
    I can't tell the difference between prints processed in Ansco 130 and Liquidol.

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    I've used Liquidol as well and it looks really good.

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    Sprint chemicals are easy to use and yield awesome results. I've used them for years.
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    I've always used Dektol or it's predecessor, D-72. It works great so, never looked any further.

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