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    4x5 film developer questions

    I have just started shooting 4x5 film (Arista EDU film).

    What film developer would you use on 4x5 to get the best results?

    I realize that there are many facets to this question. Personal and technical.

    I have been using D-76 Stock.

    Any recommendations for another developer? and why you use what you use.

    greg

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    Replenished D23.
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    Xtol 1:3 for everything. Times can be found on the internet. It works!

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    D-76 is good but I'd use it 1:1 or 1:3 with sheet film. There is no need to minimize grain and every need to maximize sharpness.

    The pyrogallol and pyrocatechin formulae are worth playing with, too. I am very fond of PMK.
    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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    You are using ARIST FILM...... ARISTA PREMIUM FILM DEVELOPER

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    D76 is a very good developer, it'll give you all you need.

    I'm using 510 pyro for most of my work, and HC110 for the rest. I like how 510 treats highlights.

    Mike

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    Dear Greg,

    Use whatever you're already using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal View Post
    Dear Greg,

    Use whatever you're already using.

    Neal Wydra
    Dito

    You have enough variables to be dealing with when learning to use 5x4 - don't add another one needlessly

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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I very much appreciate your personal recommendations.

    I had on another post indicated that I had always used D76 "stock", and had never diluted it. I will try a 1+1 mix, as a one-shot deal.

    I think someone said that with a 1+1 mixture I can get better detail in the negative ?

    Greg

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    Hey Greg. Glad to see you are forging ahead.

    D76 should be fine.

    Since you are starting out, pick a developer that offers versatility with normal, expanded, and contracted development. On that basis, try Xtol just to see. I tested Xtol vs. TMAX and decided to go with Xtol due to the greater versatility. From a practical standpoint, it dissolves very easily so mixing is less tedious and it is inexpensive. TMAX is also good if you want the convenience of a liquid.
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