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    Pyro and ????

    Just getting back into B&W film after a long break. I was using Verichrome pan with PMK pyro but have found out that Verichrome went the way of the dodo. My question is to any PMK pyro users, what film are you using and any comments about. I've also noticed that a new version of pyro is available now, I think its called 510 or something, what is the difference between it and PMK, just trying to adjust to the new lay of the land in black and white land so sorry if these questions seem a bit strange.

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    pmk pyro and acros has become my standard.

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    Plus X is very similar to Verichrome Pan!

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    Try also Fomapan 200 in Pyrocat HD or FX39, it comes out like this:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/...b0638c.jpg?v=0
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/...34fe7f08_b.jpg
    the second one is in Prescysol EF, apparently a copycat of Pyrocat HD

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    The PMK of Gordon Hutchings is now improved, but still called PMK with perhaps an additional character to identify it. I have some in my darkroom, but it's too far for me to get to it right now.
    Gadget Gainer

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    If you want to use Pyro, FP4+ and Pyrocat... delicious. But that's just one man's ceiling and another man's floor. FP4+ is similar to Plus-X which, by an earlier account, is similar to Verichrome Pan. PMK - if you used it before and you liked it, why not use it again!
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    Pyrocat HD with FP4+, Fomapan 200, or Tmax 400 (all very different films, but for distinct purposes).

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    510 Pyro is a mix yourself developer, but it is real nice with Tri-x. I get full box speed.

    The formula is here in the articles section.

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    PMK Pyro and FP4+ or HP5+ are my combinations of choice.

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    My favourite films with PMK:

    Pan-F Plus (not much stain but gorgeous tonality)
    FP4 Plus
    Plus-X
    HP5 Plus
    Tri-X

    I haven't had much luck with t-grain films in PMK, but others have. I still need to experiment.

    Incidentally, technically, Pyrocat HD is not a pyro developer ("pyro" refers to pyrogallol; Pyrocat HD uses pyrogallol's cousin pyrocatechin), but the developers have some commonality.

    I've stuck with PMK because I like the results and the stock solutions are near immortal (they keep at least seven years with my storage conditions), even when mixed in distilled water. No glycol is necessary.
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