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    Lith developers, All the same?

    Hi,
    I have been LITH printing for a while now using LD20 exclusively (with good results) as it is all that has been available until now, however i see that silverprint are now stocking wolfgang moersch se5 lith developer.
    my question is.. will se5 developer produce significantly different results to LD20 or will all lith devs produce the same results?

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    Lith devs vary substantially. Never heard of LD20 so can't comment on that one, I've always made up my own.

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    The results will be different but how significant the difference is will depend on a lot of things. Overall, I think you will see probably bigger differences by replenishing developer (mixing fresh developer into with "old brown") and trying different papers and exposure/dev parameters than by hopping around between developers.

    ^^^(the words of a lith newbie, to be taken with the appropriate amount of salt)
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    I mean Fotospeed LD20, and how easy/difficult is it to mix a lith developer?

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    Do you mean mix a fresh one? That is very easy.
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    I mean mix from raw chemicals!

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    Oh well... can't say I've done that
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    Quote Originally Posted by meerkat View Post
    I mean mix from raw chemicals!
    Nothing to it. Three chemicals are needed;
    hydroquinone, sodium sulfite, and sodium
    carbonate.

    Psvensson has posted two Dr. Jekyll formulas
    similar in ease of preparation. My formula has
    produced very good lith results. Lith processing
    is down the list of my priorities. I'd have to
    check my notes to be more specific.

    A lith developer, most simply, is a carbonated
    sulfite + hydroquinone solution. Sulfite levels are
    kept very low. In effect, and after some time, the
    hydroquinone runs away with development.

    Search Google for, lith developers , and for, lith
    formulas. Keep in mind film developers and their
    commercial use; two reasons for some of the
    ingredients. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by meerkat View Post
    Hi,
    I have been LITH printing for a while now using LD20 exclusively (with good results) as it is all that has been available until now, however i see that silverprint are now stocking wolfgang moersch se5 lith developer.
    my question is.. will se5 developer produce significantly different results to LD20 or will all lith devs produce the same results?
    I have tried Moersch easy lith, I have couple of examples in my gallery. Papers that used are fomaspeed, fomabrom and foma MG classic.

    regards,

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