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    dektol&ilford paper

    Hi all. anyone have any tips on using dektol and ilford paper?(mg IV) I tried it with a well exposed neg, and it was grainy as hell and reciprocity seemed to be out the window.
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    what fiulm were you using? i always got great results from this paper

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    that is my preferred paper/dev of choice.

    what film are you using? how big are you printing? ever use other combos?

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    I've been using MGIV with Dektol 1:2 or 1:3 for ever since the paper came out with no problems whatsoever.

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    Here's another me too. Dektol and the various Ilford MG's for years without a problem. I fail to see how there could be any problem with "grain" or reciprocity.

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    me too, I like the combination.
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    I'll join in. Ilford MG-IV (RC or FB) works great with Dektol 1+2. There is no problem with this combination whatsoever. Please explain your problem in more detail. The gremlin is somewhere else.
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    I'm a bit puzzled by the problem description. What film format are you using? Your summary information says you're using medium format. If that's accurate, then I'd expect grain to have more to do with the graininess of the negative than of the paper or anything else in the enlarging process. A paper would have to be really dreadful to cause an increase in apparent grain from a medium-format negative.

    Also, when you refer to reciprocity, do you mean you're not getting the speed you expect from the paper? If so, compared to what? (For instance, the same paper in Developer X.)

    Given your comment about grain, I can't help but wonder if you're complaining about issues that are actually related to your film and/or film developer rather than the paper and/or paper developer.

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    Dektol works great with Ilford papers. The normal 1:2 dilution is entirely appropriate.

    Ilford makes a developer, Bromophen, that functions very much like Dektol (using phenidone rather than metol), in fact.

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    So where is the original poster? He has a lot of questions to answer.

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