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    I too usually use D-76, but you can use T-max for other B&W film. You can find charts on development for T-Max.

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    That wasn't Ritz Camera, was it? Sounds like their level of stupidity.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    hallo

    most time i used d-76.
    my new "good thing" is fx-39

    really good negs. a little bit hard butalso a nice tonality. it´s a relative new developer for me. but i only needed 2 films for testing and to find out which way it works at the best for me.

    analog greetings

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    I always thought HC-100 was a relatively grainier developer..? If so, not a good choice for a fine-grain film like TMax.

    I also like the TMax developer for its relatively short developing times... 7.5 minutes for TMax100.

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    The short development time afforded by TMax developer is one of the reasons I don't like it. Instead of 68F (20C), I run my process at 75F (24C) and that speeds things up a bit. A 7 1/2 minute development time at 68F turns into 5 1/2 minutes at 75F, and that's too fast. Small timing errors turn into a significant part of the total development time.

    That said, there's nothing wrong with the stuff if it works for you. It is a heck of a lot more expensive than D-76, and I don't think it does anything better. Even with super speed films like Delta 3200 or TMZ, I don't see much of an advantage unless you're pushing the film past 3200.
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    I did mean Tri-X. Sorry for the confusion :-)

    Thanks everyone for the info. The camera store is a locally-owned store in Charlotte, NC, called Camera World. I am probably going to give up on them since they never seem to have what I need in stock; one week they are out of Kodak fixer, one week they're out of Dektol, and the other day they were out of D-76. That prompted my question of T-Max developer. I didn't buy any since I have a fresh bottle of Arista developer I haven't opened yet.

    So, what developer do you guys recommend that works well with most films? I use Arista 400 (Agfa) in 35mm, Arista EDU Ultra in 200 and 400 speeds, Ilford Delta 3200, and Ilford HP5. I am liking the Arista developer, but I want to try some more developers so I can find one I really like. I feel like now is the time since I've developed 7 or so rolls with no developing errors.

    Thanks!

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    For the most part, I use D-76 and XTOL. Can't beat 'em with a stick. One thing is sure, if you go chasing around looking for a magic bullet, you'll never find it. There are none to be found. If the Arista developer you're using is Arista-76, you can bet that it's gonna be a D-76 clone. It's economical, predictable, and works well with just about everything.
    Frank Schifano

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    It's not the Arista-76, it's Arista Premium. Comes in a bottle, concentrate form.

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