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    TechPan - how to develop without microdol?

    20 rolls of this thing lands on my lap. I don't have any microdol.

    The massive development chart doesn't even have the film in it.

    APUG to the rescue!

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    Tech Pan was usually developed in a POTA type developer, correct?
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    I had good luck with it in XTOL. I can't remember the dilution or time anymore but it was in Kodak's .pdf. Not sure if it still is.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    I think this may work for you

    Photographer's Formulary TD-3 Tech Pan Film Developer.

    http://www.photoformulary.com/DesktopDefault.aspx

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    Hi I don't know where you are, but I've just checked the Silverprint website and they recommend 2 developers for Tech Pan. MACU Docufine & Rollie RLC Low contrast developer. Good luck
    Phil

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    Here is some data for Tech Pan in Rodinal 1+99. I have successfully used this combination myself.

    http://www.fotoimport.no/images/pk/rod100-tp135.gif

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    I've used a modified Windisch pyrocatechin (diluted down) with good results. I could find my notes, if you are interested.

    It is hard to control its enthusiasm for developing contrast. I've never cared much for it, because when you do control the overall contrast, the local contrasts tend to become rather dull.

    I have a box of it in 8x10. Just saw it in the film fridge the other day. I doubt I'll ever bother using it. In the first place, I think grain is not necessarily bad, and anyway, even tri x in some developers is plenty good enough. Tech Pan has always seemed like a sort of paralysis to me.

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    Dear Andrey,

    C-41 developer - 10 minutes. It was from an old issue of Photo Techniques. I found it to work very nicely at 8 minutes in a Jobo rotary system.

    Neal Wydra

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowzart View Post
    I've used a modified Windisch pyrocatechin (diluted down) with good results. I could find my notes, if you are interested.
    Would I have to mix it myself?

    I have D76 and HC110. What would happen if I use those two developers? Bad grain? Too high a contrast?

    I'd prefer to avoid mixing my own chemicals if possible.

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