If you're worried about losing precious images, then do test rolls of something unimportant before. Test rolls are always advised when trying something new.
You need not worry about re-doing the Stop-bath steps. I can guarantee that development has stopped for all of the films and prints you have done.
As far as re-doing the Fix steps, you probably shouldn't bother. The prints with stains are probably incompletely fixed, but re-fixing will probably not help. If there are any films that were fixed toward the end, you might want to consider re-fixing them, but I wouldn't bother, unless there are absolutely critical images on them, that could never be replaced. If you do re-fix and wash, the extra handling will increase the chance of scratches or other damage.
Most likely all but the last prints will be fine.
Just consider it an opportunity to learn (there will be lots more ).
Keep having fun!
Originally Posted by ryca
Thanks alot for the advice, I will sure read these posts over and over again.
D76 is indeed cheaper, so I will get that one instead of ID-11.
I've also found a nice second hand-unopened 5ltr box of Amaloco 6006 which I'm currently bidding on
(New: €44,50 Second hand: €15 )
Even cheaper at 1:3, a not unusual dilution. Good
Originally Posted by JBoontje
I'm sure at even greater dilutions. Development
times do become extended. Dan
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@alexmacphee, @MattKing & @Martin Aislabie:
thanks so much for taking the time to reply.. your advice is invaluble! i'll continue sharing Stop but will definitely mix up 2 new seperate Fix batches for film & prints and as advised, keep tabs on usage as per Ilfords recommendations.
my storage bottles are only 1lt and each usage (whether film or print) is with approx 600ml - this isn't a problem is it? should I store working solution in bigger bottles (eg. 2lt or 5lt) so theres more volume to work & refresh itself with?
I don't know if you get it where you live, or get indigestion for that matter, but my wife has a duodenal ulcer which occasionally gives her cause to reach for a bottle of Gaviscon, an indigestion remedy from the pharmacy. One of the sizes it comes in is 600ml, which is perfect. I use D76 at 1+1, which is use-once throw-away dilution. I clean out the medicine bottles thoroughly, and use them to store my stock D76 and my fix. The 600ml bottles come in two shapes (I think it's for the different flavours), so I use one shape for dev and the other shape for fix, just to avoid risk of confusion. There are also 300ml size bottles of the stuff.
Originally Posted by ryca
I make up my D76 stock, then dispense it into the 600 and 300 bottles. This scheme works perfectly for me. D76 stores well, and when I'm ready to use it, I dilute it 1+1 in the measuring cylinder ready for pouring in to the tank. I like glass bottles because I find them better for temperature equilibrating in a water bath. The caps on these bottles are also child-proof, which I like for photo solutions.
[QUOTE=ryca;876796my storage bottles are only 1lt and each usage (whether film or print) is with approx 600ml - this isn't a problem is it? should I store working solution in bigger bottles (eg. 2lt or 5lt) so theres more volume to work & refresh itself with?
You will be fine as you are
You are getting much good, sound advice. My advice is to internalize this good information while at the same time, trying to keep things simple. As has been mentioned, your goal is consistency in technique and in result. D76/ID-11 and Tri-X and a "classic" combination: learn it completely.
And, most importantly, have fun.
John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA
Sometimes even the most obvious advice bears repetition. I always fall back on HP5/D76 (for some reason D76 is cheaper than ID11), which I've used since it was HP3. It's always interesting to experiment, but when you know one combination inside out, you're far less likely to be wrong-footed. It's closely analogous to knowing your camera so intimately you're unaware of having to think about it.
Originally Posted by Anscojohn