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    Azo Paper and Developers other then Amidol

    I have come upon some unopened Azo 8x10 paper ( grade 2 and grade 3 ) which I intend to use for contact printing. Realizing the mythical association between Azo and Amidol, I wonder if anyone here has experience they might share using Azo and developers OTHER then Amidol, and how such developers might compare with Amidol. Indeed, might one achieve roughly comparable results using Azo paper and other non staining developers? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahler_one View Post
    I have come upon some unopened Azo 8x10 paper ( grade 2 and grade 3 ) which I intend to use for contact printing. Realizing the mythical association between Azo and Amidol, I wonder if anyone here has experience they might share using Azo and developers OTHER then Amidol, and how such developers might compare with Amidol. Indeed, might one achieve roughly comparable results using Azo paper and other non staining developers? Thanks in advance.

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    Dektol will work just fine at 1:2 or 1:3.

    Many developers work, but don't give just exactly the tone of Amidol.

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    i have been using it with ansco (formulary) 130.
    have fun!

    john

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    I proof regularly in Neutol WA 1:7 because of the manner in which it maintains acceptable tonality. Some developers including Dektol produce some unique and at times distracting print tone.

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    For me amidol is the only developer to use with any paper, not just Azo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i have been using it with ansco (formulary) 130.
    have fun!

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    John: Have you had the opportunity to compare two prints of the same negative, but one made with 130 and one with Amidol?

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    hi ed

    i have never printed with amidol. i have read that others have done this comparison.
    from what i understand, some suggest the amidol prints are easier to make because of the water bath / contrast control
    and others have suggested that azo exhibits similar characteristics ( when printed with 130 / amidol ).

    i guess it is kind of one of those "your actual mileage may vary" situations ...

    sorry i can't be more help.

    john

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    I've used Dektol and Agfa Neutol WA--both nice (if you get a greenish tone, weak selenium toner should take care of it), but you might as well cut to the chase and use amidol to see what the attraction of Azo is all about.
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    Neutol WA is very close in print tone to MAS Amidol but don't give you the same contrast control.
    Dektol and Azo is in my opinion as close to ugly as you can get that is unless you like blue and cold toned prints which i don't.

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    Amidol will give you amazing contrast control with water bath method. You can get 2.5 grade out of 3 and 1.5 out of 2. Make almost any negative printable

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