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    Ilford Cool Tone Paper Developer - Thoughts?

    Recently picked some of this stuff up at quite a steep discount. I've never used it, and if anything prefer warm tone paper and overall look.

    But, hey...cheap is cheap. I'm curious to try it out with some Oriental FB paper I have.

    Does this developer really make that big a difference, in your experience? Or, do you have any favorite uses for it? I have a few images that would specifically suit a cooler tone.
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    Colin:

    you may not be aware that this developer has been discontinued due to slow sales - much to the disappointment of Simon Galley, who apparently was its original "champion".

    I've never used it, but I do like cool tone papers (Ilford RC cooltone being one of my favourites).
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    Yes it does give cool tones. Slightly colder than Tetenal Eukobrom and very similer to Tetenal Documol. Worked well with papers like Kentmere Fineprint FB the late lamented Forte Polygrade.

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    It is a great shame that it was discontinued because there are many options for warm tone developers and it is easy to mix your own or modify existing ones.... There is very little choice in cold tone developers. Tetenal Eukobrom is about the only thing I can get where I live.

    It is said that adding Benzotriazole solution 'cools' the tone of a developer - but I believe that Ilford's 'cooltone' contained some other 'top secret' restrainer which has not been divulged, so we can not 'mix our own'
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    Just put in the fridge for half an hour before your darkroom session...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven_e007 View Post
    It is a great shame that it was discontinued because there are many options for warm tone developers and it is easy to mix your own or modify existing ones.... There is very little choice in cold tone developers. Tetenal Eukobrom is about the only thing I can get where I live.

    It is said that adding Benzotriazole solution 'cools' the tone of a developer - but I believe that Ilford's 'cooltone' contained some other 'top secret' restrainer which has not been divulged, so we can not 'mix our own'
    I performed some fairly extensive tests about 18 months ago when I came into possession of a litre container of the Harman cool tone developer, and agree that Harman was / is using a proprietary restrainer and possibly some other techniques to achieve the dramatic results. No amount of adding BZTS to conventional developers seems to work beyond a possible placebo effect. Perhaps older papers responded differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Corneau View Post
    Recently picked some of this stuff up at quite a steep discount. I've never used it, and if anything prefer warm tone paper and overall look.

    But, hey...cheap is cheap. I'm curious to try it out with some Oriental FB paper I have.

    Does this developer really make that big a difference, in your experience? Or, do you have any favorite uses for it? I have a few images that would specifically suit a cooler tone.
    If you use this with MGWT or other warmtone paper you will get the closest imitation of a gold toned print that you are likely to come up with. Try a snowscene with MGWT. It also seems to keep forever.
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    Interesting stuff...I've pretty much settled on Ilford's Warmtone FB paper and Oriental FB regular papers. Looks like I'll have some experimenting to do.

    I bought 2 1-litre containers, and there was one more at the store that I saw. Wouldn't it just be my luck to fall in love with this stuff...
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    I really wish Ilford would bring this back. I would be a follower. There really aren't any coldtone developers available, in the US anyway. Arista and Clayton coldtone developers just don't cut it. Simon? Any chance?

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    I used it for a while. Not quite as cool as Dektol on Multigrade IV.

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