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    Using Dektol as a film developer

    hi all,

    had to ask this one as soon as i heard it with my own ears.

    A friend of mine was telling me about how a woman who shot for Vogue back in the 50's used Dektol as her film developer. It gave hear a very graphic, high contrast look and obviously gave her the look she wanted.

    I am very interested in trying this out for myself, but wasn't sure regarding times for developing, etc...

    If any of you have had any experience, please let me know. Would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    p.s. if any of you know the womans name, can you let me know, i would like to research her work.
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    also,

    i have heard of people making black and white slides using c-41 color neg films in dektol and then using a reversal bath to create them. not the finest grained pieces of film, but have any of you experience with this?

    if so, please let me know


    thanks


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    In Kodak's beginner photo kits for contact printing in the 60's - Kodak Tri-Chem Packs were used. The developer was Dektol and you used it for both film and paper development. In the kits it was recommended for use in developing Verichrome Pan film but in Kodak data books it was also recommended for rapid development of some high speed negative materials. Your best bet would be to test it on a sheet of film and see if you like the results.
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    This has been done quite a bit and I think the common dilution is 1+9. a search here will bring up lots of info for you.

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    hi daniel

    there are a ton of threads about using paper developer for film ...
    search with the 'advanced search" / google search ( upper right )
    using "dektol+filmdeveloper" as your key words ...
    these should get your started at least

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/5...tol-maybe.html
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/4...ieve-look.html
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/5...00-dektol.html
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/4...okay-film.html
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/3...ilm-paper.html

    the last url has a few links showing the results of dektol+film ..

    i have never processed film in dektol, but have processed quite a bit of film in
    a print developer called ansco 130. dilute print developer gives a certain look
    to film - sometimes good, sometimes bad - you have to be willing to shoot
    a lot of rolls/sheets to figure out how you want to use it ( dilution, agitation methods ) ..

    if you have money / film to burn, it can be kind of fun

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    Try Dektol 1:3 for 3 minutes or 1:7 for 7 minutes for most films. These are two good starting points to leap off from. We were taught this trick by Al Weber and Dave Vestal in their workshop. I had known about the use before that but had never had a really useful starting point until then.

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    At 1:7 - can the developer be re-used? Or is it single shot?
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    At 1:7 - can the developer be re-used? Or is it single shot?
    IDK. I would not reuse it anyhow at any strength given the cost of Dektol. It is pretty inexpensive.

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    Good point.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    I used Dektol to develop a roll of Tech pan in the 1980's where I needed only two tones black and white
    I seem to remember I rated the Tech pan at 250 but can't for the life of me remember the dilution or time for the Dektol (in those days I just gave it the time from the data sheet).
    I'll see if I can dig up the negs later...
    Mark

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