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    GAF Vividol Universal B&W Paper and Film Developer 5gal

    I am not sure if this is proper or not and if it is not I apologize. While searching for information a a bulk film loader that I have I found this that auction site. Not sure if this developer was any good but I remember the 200 and 500 speed slide film they had in the 70s.

    again. GAF Vividol Universal B&W Paper and Film Developer 5gal Item number: 300516522027 Ships from Mechanicsburg, PA. Reportedly they have 6 available.

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    So what exactly might be the question? Your post is kind of unclear. Sorry.
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    What results could I expect from this. The listing shows a picture of the back of the can and it is both paper and film developer, 1:1 and 1:2 if I remember right. 5 gallons is a lot of developer but would this be worth the investment? $14.99 and S&H.
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    Even if it is a good quality developer, with a 5-gallon container I'd be concerned it would stay viable until you could use it up. I'd be more trusting of D-76, or Rodinal, which keep well and can be diluted enough to be economical.
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    Leave it alone. It's got to be very old, and I would not be surprised if it's gone bad even though it is in a can. Then again, if it's good, I'd only use it for paper. I've never seen any development data for the stuff with any film. Do yourself a favor and get some D-76 or XTOL.
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    hi coffeehound

    i used a 20+ year old red container of gaf universal ( maybe it was before it was called vivadol universal ? )
    it was the best developer i have ever used, hands down ( even poorly stored and 20+ years old )
    it was in a studio i was renting, and on a window sill cold in the winter, and really hot in the summer.

    i don't know if this is the same stuff, the dilutions for the other universal were 1:1/1:2 paper, 1:5 film 68º / 6mins
    and that isn't what vivadol universal suggests.

    if you can contact the seller, ask if it is all loose inside or if he can hear clumpy developer,
    if it is clumpy stay away , but if it is all loose, you might buy a can and see if it is any good
    just don't use good film for your tests

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