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    Choosing a B&W Film Developer

    Hi, gang! I wrote an article a short while back and thought I'd share with everyone here. It's still a bit of a work in progress (so if you have suggestions, etc. feel free).

    Choosing a B&W Film Developer

    That article is actually the first in a series. The second, and more recent article from this past weekend deals with filters:

    Using Filters in B&W Photography

    Enjoy! Looking forward to any feedback y'all might have as well.

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    I take it by the deafening silence... That my articles must be perfect.

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    Rodinal is still made in the same old Agfa factory as before, only the name on the packaging is different depending on who is distributing it.

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    In Canada Rodinal is pronounced Blazinal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    I take it by the deafening silence... That my articles must be perfect.
    Or long?
    I read them and learned a lot as a beginner. It encouraged me to get a set of colour filters. Thanks!
    I like my film stirred, not shaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Rodinal is still made in the same old Agfa factory as before, only the name on the packaging is different depending on who is distributing it.
    True, true. Maybe I'll add a blurb making that a bit more clear. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jüri View Post
    Or long?
    I read them and learned a lot as a beginner. It encouraged me to get a set of colour filters. Thanks!
    I tried to keep them reasonable in length without getting overly detailed, yet provide enough to make it useful. Glad your learned from them - that makes it all worthwhile!

    You'll love the filters. Personally, I'm a fan of pushing Tri-X and using a deep red. Heh.

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    My suggestions:

    You used the term "soup" in very last part of the page and only once. If someone wasn't already familiar with the term, he/she will be left wondering what it means. My suggestion would be to either define it earlier or leave it out.

    I like XTOL but also recognize, "quality" doesn't always mean finest grain and whatever the characteristics a particular developer provides. It may be more appropriate to remove the word "quality" and list the characteristics.

    Kodak recommends NOT using development time shorter than 5 minutes. You mentioned the danger of shorter dev time without defining what "short" actually means. It may be beneficial to site 5 minutes (the figure that appears on every Kodak tech notes) in your document.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I like the one about filters. For now I am only using a Yellow filter, time to explore others I guess.

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    Here's a link for film developer and film combinations.

    http://filmdev.org/

    It's bewildering.

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