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View Poll Results: What is your favorite film developer?

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  • D-76/ID-11

    44 14.10%
  • HC-110

    30 9.62%
  • XTOL

    33 10.58%
  • Rodinol

    67 21.47%
  • Microdol-X

    4 1.28%
  • PMK Pyro

    31 9.94%
  • Pyrocat HD

    35 11.22%
  • Other

    68 21.79%
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    I have been using D-76 1:1 for quite some time now, only experimenting with other developers occasionally. What is your favorite developer and why?

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    I voted other, since most of my devs are homemade.

    - Xtol equivalent/clone for PX - grain, sharpness;
    - Diafine equivalent/clone for TX @1200 - speed without blowing highlights.

    And, for emergencies, I keep HC-110, that I usually use at dil B/2.

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    I'm A Xtol user, I've been using it so long I can't even tell why any more except when I tested 12 or 15 years ago it was the one that worked best with the film and lighting. I can say that when I was testing I was looking for a way to expand the value range of my film yet maintain creamy whites,detail in the blacks yet good solid blacks so so Xtol came out the winner. It also has some nice versitility with dillutions,temp and processing times allowing that range I'm looking for. The only drawback I've seen is it is tempermental and has no patience for replinishing. so every 18 rolls of 120 I have to make a new batch.
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    I use more T-Max Developer than any other, probably because I use more T-Max film than any other. I use the standard stuff for all sizes, including sheet film. Actually I simply didn't notice the "For Roll Films Only" notice on the bottle years ago; since I was having excellent results, I never saw a reason to buy the RS version just for 4 x 5. (Anyone know why Kodak puts the warning on the bottle?)
    I always have some HC-110 available, especially for copy films and as something which will work with almost any film. Technidol Liquid comes in handy occasionally for high-contrast situations.

    Konical

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    I have been using Rodinal more recently, but also use ID-11 and HC-110. Really depends on the film used, results and if it is time to experiment or not.
    Mike C

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    I am using PMK for the very reason that I have about 2 lifetimes of part A. As soon as that is gone I will probably go to Pyrocat-HD. Til then, PMK is the soup of choice because I am so cheap.

    lee\c

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    Depends on the film, format, and intended use.

    I rarely shoot B&W in 35mm anymore, but if I did, I'd probably be shooting mostly TMX in D-76 1+1 and Delta 400 in Perceptol.

    Mostly I shoot Tri-X in various forms and use PMK for negs that will be enlarged (4x5 and medium format) and ABC for negs that will be contact printed (8x10" and 11x14"). For extra speed, I like Acufine.
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    Rodinal for Efke 25 and APX100, sometimes for Tri-X. X-Tol for Delta 3200. Used to use ID-11 for Tri-X or HP5, but lately have been playing with WD2D+. Fantastic detail w/WD2D+, never any blown hightlights. The negs are a little low in contrast; I find myself printing at 4 quite a bit, but it's not a problem and the prints are nice.
    "If You Push Something Hard Enough, It Will fall over" - Fudd's First Law of Opposition

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    For Black and white, lately, I've been using Rodinal. I have some *really* good results from Alta's Gamma Plus.

    For C-41 Color negative, Tetenal CN2 Pro Pack. I have Tetenal's C41 "Press" (dry chemicals), I'm about to try next.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Oops. I just realized I posted color information in a "B&W" Forum. My apologies.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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