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    High Contrast developer b&w

    I need a high contrast and high speed developer for b&w film. More than Diafine or Kodak D8. Any idea ?

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    D163 diluted 1+3, although a print developer, can be used for high contrast work and increased speed especially for tri-x. You would have to do tests on the film and it gives grain like golf balls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo Roberto View Post
    I need a high contrast and high speed developer for b&w film. More than Diafine or Kodak D8. Any idea ?
    Kodak D-19 perhaps? what film are you using, what sort of subject and what effect are you trying to achieve?

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    I would agree with keith. D-19 is the way to go.
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    There is a recent thread on this here on APUG that might be of use.

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    John & Keith, the OP wants higher contrast than Kodak D8, both D163 and D19 are much lower in contrast in comparison

    Perhaps he needs to be a bit more explicit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    John & Keith, the OP wants higher contrast than Kodak D8, both D163 and D19 are much lower in contrast in comparison

    Perhaps he needs to be a bit more explicit.

    Ian
    Ian, I agree, but the OP hasn`t mentioned specifically what film is being used or exactly what he or she is trying to achieve. A high contrast ortho-film for example might be a better option rather than a regular general use film. If the OP is more specific, it would make the question easier to answer.

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    I'd use Dektol or A+B graphic arts developer. Experiment first, with different dilutions and times, and exposures too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    I'd use Dektol or A+B graphic arts developer. Experiment first, with different dilutions and times, and exposures too.
    There is more than one way to achieve high contrast, but it depends on what the OP`s goal is. Is it to make B&W enlargements? The use of a high contrast film developed in a high contrast developer and the use of extra hard grades of B&W paper spring to mind, but without specifically knowing, it is a difficult question to help with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    John & Keith, the OP wants higher contrast than Kodak D8, both D163 and D19 are much lower in contrast in comparison

    Perhaps he needs to be a bit more explicit.

    Ian
    This is true. 'Tis a bit vague but if he really wanted high contrast then lith film may be the answer, if still available but hardly high speed.
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    John.
    Last edited by Jean Noire; 03-21-2009 at 05:37 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Addition

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