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Thread: DD-X or HC-110

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    I've never had DD-X fail, even with open bottles a year old. I did have one crystallization event, but that I'm sure I can blame on a very cold winter chilling down the basement. Very happy with the results, always look wonderful.

    I also keep HC-110 around, for work which would be breathtakingly expensive with DD-X, like running the Nikor sheet film tank, or developing a roll of Verichrome Pan 122 in 28 ounces of developer in a Nikor reel and tank. Also, the fog-inhibiting properties of HC-110 are good for processing 20, 30, 40, or even 50 year old Verichrome Pan.

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    HC-110 is a rather unique developer in that the concentrate contains no water. Without water oxidation is very slow. I think Kodak gives a shelf life for the intermediate solution of 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Shriver View Post
    I've never had DD-X fail, even with open bottles a year old. I did have one crystallization event, but that I'm sure I can blame on a very cold winter chilling down the basement. Very happy with the results, always look wonderful.
    That's good to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Shriver View Post
    I also keep HC-110 around, for work which would be breathtakingly expensive with DD-X, like running the Nikor sheet film tank, or developing a roll of Verichrome Pan 122 in 28 ounces of developer in a Nikor reel and tank. Also, the fog-inhibiting properties of HC-110 are good for processing 20, 30, 40, or even 50 year old Verichrome Pan.
    I can see not wanting to spend $3.60 on one sheet of 4x5. But, for me, if I get out the 4x5 camera I'm normally going to shoot much more than one and/or shoot something really important. In the latter situation I would happily spend $3.60 for one sheet.

    The low fog characteristics were an interesting side note in my research.

    For the purposes of this discussion though; well kept, fairly young film, is my target.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    How would you describe that difference anikin?
    By now you have plenty of good descriptions in this thread. I use both developers, but for different applications. If I need smooth tones with very little grain (portraits for example), then it's DD-X. HC is a great cheap middle of the road developer - more grain with great sharpness, good speed and contrast. It's a perfect reliable general purpose developer. And since HC110 lasts for years, there is no reason not to have it. So there you go. Try them both, they are both good.

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    Thanks Anikin.

    I've made the decision to go with DD-X.

    I really don't want to have two different developers.
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