Just moved couple weeks ago into an old Victorian
-which needs something on everything fixed-
and finally got phone and internet connection
-RoadRunner which is a hell of a lot faster than my old dialed connection- and now have some questions to ask regarding some chemicals and developers and things I bought a few weeks ago
These are old. Most are probably from the 70's but some things go back to the 50's and perhaps even older.
Edwal 111 -1950- -chlorhydroquinone in this one. Works. Tried 2 prints after mixing up.
Von'L Gold XX ultra speed -EI enhancing film developer. Have not tried. Gotta be from the 50's or earlier.
Ansco 103/125/135 paper developers
103 is cold-tone/125 is D72/135 is warmest=tone and probably glycin-based.
Ardol paper developer = Ansco 135
Defender and Dupont D-55 -it says "Standard" paper developer (for velour black etc) but I believe is much warmer and more suited for portraits than "Standard" would make you believe. I know this is a loved developer but wondering if there were any appreciable formula differences from switch to Dupont from Defender? Bromide levels etc..
Universal MQ developer. Wondering if can add something to this to give a different look or if should just try it out as-is?
Dupont Litho 21D developer
I have an old Dupont catalog from late 50's but no 21D in the Litho section of formulas. 2 solution developer. No idea if contains formaldehyde or Sulfuric Acid. 15D litho is a 2 solution Hydroquinone and sulfuric.
I tried one print after mixing some up
1:5:2 old brown
and this stuff seems to give very! good color on RC paper. I didn't compare it to Kodalith but I believe this Dupont formula may actually be better for lith printing.
Edwal Thermofine. Fine grain developer.
Kodak Tanning developer. I only have part A of the two part solution. Comes in little packets like the MQ developer. I wonder if this is a pyro/catechol and whether anyone knows what is likely to be in Solution A. I figure the developers. Any ideas how to go about using it given it still being good?
I tried a few prints with the toners as they're easy to check and they "all" work. No idea if capacity will be lessened, though.
Flemish toner. Bottles have crystals on the bottom. Can I heat the toner to dissolve the crystals or should I just go with it since it seems to be fine in use?
Brown toner. Some gunk lining the bottle but works fine. I like the tones with Flemish and Brown mixed.
Poly-Toner. works fine. A little pinkish but this was a very dilute solution.
Sepia redeveloper. Have not tried this toner as didn't have any more bleach.
Any ideas? Can color processing bleach be used? Some are ferricyanide based? I believe this is from E4 processing but not sure.
Sodium sulphide. Only really used in making sepia toners?
Kodak Print flattening solution. FLattening solutions from other brands. haven't tried.
Nepera solution. "Velox" solution. Works. Anything good about this stuff?
Glycin. Athenon. Brown/light tan. I figured trash but mixed up a very retarded solution and it developed the image once I got dilution in the ballpark. May be usable for prints.
Amidol. Acrol. Same color as the glycin. Picked this up not knowing what it was. Made a retarded developer using hypo clearing agent and water + orthazite and developed the image well enough to make me believe it may still be fine once get a proper recipe going.
Paraphenylene Diamine. Base. I guess a fine-grain/very low contrast developing agent mostly used in conjuction with other developer..Glycin.
Only for film? Any use in paper developers?
Edwal Orthomine. Orthophenylene Diamine. Not sure what the difference is other than the ortho part. What is it's use?
Sodium metaborate //Kodalk? Balanced Alkali?
Pot. carbonate. How interchangeable with Sodium carbonate? what is the ratio/correction if using it over sodium carbonate.
Anti-cal. Prevents sludging from hard water. What is the chemical? Lime?
Edwal Thermo-Salt. For use in developers to be used at higher than recommended temperatures. What is the chemical? I think I read in a book the chemical often used was Sodium Sulphate?
Ferric Alum. Seems to be of little use to me.
Citric Acid. preservative
Hypo Clear to make 25! gallons LOL
What is in Kodak Hypo Clear? Almost entirely Sodium Sulfite? Can you actually use it to make developers or too much extra miniscule amounts of other chems?
That's most of it, I guess.
Sodium hydroxide. Worth to get a large bottle or better just to find Lye?
Potassium hydroxide. Whats the difference?
Kodak Formaldehyde Solution. paraformaldehyde? I know can be dangerous but is it useful at times to have in the darkroom?
I believe I saw Quinol? A little box/tube or something. Hydroquinone?
Old FR developers. Anyone remember these formulas/this manufacturer?
"FR" X-22 and some others. Maybe some "FX" developers? I don't know. Efke?
Old liquid developers for use with Flashbulb lighting. "Guaranteed not to blow highlights" etc
Would these be D23 equals? Worth to try it out in extreme lighting situations?
E4/E3 E whatever process kits. Any chemicals in the kits useful for todays emulsions? I wouldn't mind trying some color developing.
ANy ideas/hints/ suggestions would be great! seriously. I could use some input.
I believe/am willing to bet that everything is still "good"
If you have concerns for toxicity or whatever you can add those, too. I won't use anything till I know what it is/how to use it/how to dispose of properly.