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Thread: EFKE 25 in D-23

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    Any suggestions for times in this formula? I develop Delta 100 in this brew, but I have a roll of efke 25 that I want to try in this. I usually go for about 3 minutes in each bath, but didnt' know if that would be suitable for this film and speed. Thanks for any advice!

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    In each bath? So I'm guessing you're using some sort of divided D-23?

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    Have you checked the mammoth developing chart at www.digitaltruth.com? While they don't have specific information on D-23, it could be used as a sanity check. Or, check Ed Buffaloe's www.unblinkingeye.com for an article on Divided D-23. To me, three minutes in A doesn't sound like enough time.
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    Three minutes in each bath sounds about right to me - IF you use D23 with a Borax afterbath (the only version I've tried). You should get a fairly well compensated negative, but may lose almost a stop of speed. But that's why you use it, isn't it?

    How does Delta 100 behave in this brew? I have avoided it for years, as I find it too sensitive to small variations in development for a sloppy worker like me. But if it responds well to D23/Borax I might well give it another try?
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    I"m going to go ahead and try my standard 3 minute routine and see what I get. I use 6 grams of Sodium Metaborate in 500 mL of water as the afterbath, and all my temps are at 75 F
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    Ole:

    I usually just use Delta 100 for casual snapshots of family and friends, and so I've never really done any tests on it in D-23. But visually I've always been satisfied with the restults. Next time I make up a fresh batch I'll run a few film tests in it and see what I get when varying times. The thing I like about this developer is that it lasts so long. The brew I used last night was a month old and had 10 rolls through it, and it came out great...well at least the negatives look great...i'll try printing them this weekend. I think the capcity of the first bath is something like 20 rolls, but I only do 10-15 and then toss it.
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