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    Dektol for film?

    I'm assume the answer is no, but I wanted to check.

    I picked up two rolls of Ilford film today, along with a canister, reels, photo flo, fixer, and developer. Except the developer is Dektol and not D76.

    Can Dektol be used with film, or do I need to go back to the camera store?

    This roll is totally a test roll to check the light seals on my FM body, and I took 36 frames of my dogs... I'm not concerned with grain or anything else, I just want to develop the roll.

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    Yes. Dektol has been used for years with film. You get rather coarse grain and slightly higher contrast but here is what used to be used with it: 1:3 3 mins. 1:7 7 mins. Easy to remember and it works for most films.

    PE

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    yeap works fine in a pinch. old browned dektol works even better!

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    I was just at a friend's house and saw a print from a negative developed in dektol. It indeed had coarser grain and higher contrast, but it had a nice look and feel to it.

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    SahWEET! Thanks y'all!

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    ansco/agfa 125 is almost the same as dektol
    they would describe the negatives as "crisp"

    have fun!
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    im empty, good luck

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    If I mix the dektol at 1:7, would I mix the fixer the same way?

    I promise I'll start researching more in depth after this roll, I'm just so excited I'm about to bust! I can't wait patiently enough for it to get dark outside so I can find the darkest room in the house, seal it off, and get started!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    If I mix the dektol at 1:7, would I mix the fixer the same way?
    Use the dilution recommended for film on the fixer package.

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    Mix the Dektol to stock dilution! then dilute to desired level! I am assuming you have the powder kodak fixer, then mix it according to the package directions of 3L of water, and then top off til 3.8L/1 gallon. check your temps before mixing!

    If using dilute dektol toss after development, use fixer full strength, do not discard, it can be reused again until exhaustion (hypo check).

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    Dave

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    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

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