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    T-Max Film and Developer

    I went to the camera store today, and they were all out of D-76. I asked about the T-Max developer, and they said it is only to be used with T-Max or Tri-Max films.

    So, assuming this is indeed true, should T-Max or Tri-Max films only be used with T-Max developer, or is any developer kosher?

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    You can use most developers with tmax films no problems I'm aware of. Now Tri-Max films are so special they probably require a super secret developer
    If by chance you meant tri-x you can use most developers as well. If there is such a thing as Tri-max, I apologize for the smart a$$ comment
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    B&W developers all do basically the same thing, just in different ways and with slightly different results. That's why it's so much endless fun finding one that you like personally.

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    From the Kodak technical publication on TMax developer:

    You can use T-MAX Developer to process roll sizes of KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX Films and most other black-and-white continuous-tone films. Do not use this developer to process sheet film. You can use T-MAX RS Developer and Replenisher to process all roll and sheet sizes of KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX Films, as well as most other black-and-white continuous-tone films.
    See: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...bs/j86/j86.pdf

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    Or just booted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gainer View Post
    Or just booted.
    Yeah, but they'd just be replaced with newer models that make the same mistakes at a higher rate.

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    Tmax developer works fine. I mostly use it for Tmax 3200, which it excells with. Tmax Developer was designed for pushing high speed films and is a good choice for Tri-X or Tmax 400 pushed. I have processed both Tmax 400 and Tri-X in it at normal speeds in Tmax Developer with excellent tonality but more grain than D-76.
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    I have great success with my TMax (TMX and TMY) films in HC110 developer. For 35mm and 120 roll I use Dilution 'B' (1:31). I am getting ready to do some tests with Arista 100 4x5 sheets. HC110 Dil B is not recommended so I am going to try some WAy watered down batches and see what happens. Almost any developer can be used with almost any film. Check out the Massive Developing Chart for film and dev combos.
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    What's a "Tri-Max" film?

    I've used Tmax dev with all sorts of film. I've developed Tmax film with all sorts of developer.

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    I all so use T max dev. I do have some Ilford but for some reason never get around to using it. So it is back to Tmax. For all films.

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