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    FG-7

    I used a lot of it back in the Day, 1:15 w/sodium sulfite, because my Leica dealer stocked it. Just curious as to how any of you perceived it vs other developers?
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    I don't think it matters, since it is not available anymore.

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    I thought it disappeared. But I was using in on Plus-X & FP4, and I didn't think T-Max dev was appropriate for that. Just trying to stir up some old memories.

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    It WAS what I learned on. Then I switched to TG-7 because I was shooting lots of t-grain (read Tmax 100 and 400) film. When TG-7 went away I switched to Rodinal. Now I'm a Pyrocat HD guy. But FG-7 was a pretty decent developer in its day. I'm about to teach the exposure and processing segment of my Intro To Large Format class and I'm going to use Rodinal with FP4+ for my students.

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    I wonder who holds the recipe rights?

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    Edwal is the folks who made FG 7, I dont know of any clones, the closest I have come to FG 7 is Studional with the sodium sulfite additive. Freestyle sells Compard R09 Spezial Film Ronindal Special which may Studional, I am down to my last 2 bottles of Studional.

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    Edwal is still in business, so for whatever reason they're holding on to a formula for a compound they don't see as worth manufacturing. But then again Kodak does that too with some of their products that they've had withdrawn from the market in some cases for decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    Edwal is still in business, so for whatever reason they're holding on to a formula for a compound they don't see as worth manufacturing. But then again Kodak does that too with some of their products that they've had withdrawn from the market in some cases for decades.
    I wonder why? What possible advantage would this offer? What disadvantages are there to letting it go or? Just wondering.
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    I wrote Edwal several times to find out what Gardol is so that I could mix up Edwal 20. Not even a none of your business reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    I wonder why? What possible advantage would this offer? What disadvantages are there to letting it go or? Just wondering.
    They might be holding on to these recipes for the day when the general population sees what a bad idea digital photography was, and they get tired of it. Or they could be holding on to it for after the second coming and the world will be bright and cheery with everybody walking around with a real camera around their neck. Or if aliens land with the cure for cancer in trade for the recipe for Microdol X and Coca Cola. Never can tell.

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