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    John, ya I guess that would be a good reason to try out Lodima. Going on vacation soon and planing to take my speed Graphic,even more of a reason to try Lodima. I do like to enlarge the smaller negs tho.

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    Mike,

    If you decide to do some contact printing on Lodima/Amidol, you won't be dissapointed! Have fun on your vacation,
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    Just a reminder that tomorrow August 7, is the last day to order Lodima before the price increases. I saw where folks were upset over Ilford's price increases; now is the time to lock in the current price of Lodima.
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    jgbowen, is amidol the the preferred developer for Lodima or can others work, like dektol.


    Mike C.

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    the paper works with ansco 130 as well as amidol...I just did this yesterday and it did just fine...amidol lasts all day on a tray; not sure if the ansco does the same but I did print for many hours with no problem...no discernable difference in the prints
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    I've also tried it with Ansco 130, and it does fine, though amidol is better when you want to be able to use a waterbath to control contrast.

    Ansco 130 will last quite a long time, if you put it back in a full bottle between uses. In an open tray, it lasts about 2-3 days, I find.
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    All right, thanks guys.Is amidol and ansco 130 still available in premixed packets,I have a lot of old negs form my great uncle that need contact printing.

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    In pre-mixed kits these chemicals are very expensive. Less expensive to purchase an inexpensive scale and buy the chemicals in bulk and mix your own.

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    Moersch has come out with a kit for Amidol users that has a longer working life than one session - SE20 Amidol Plus. Haven't yet seen it listed in US but can find it at Retro Photographic

    For Ansco 130 I use PhotoFormulary kit. The developer, if topped off between sessions, has an extremely long working life. If made from separate chemicals, I understand that the glycin powder has short shelf-life and should be kept frozen. Once in solution, though, it actually helps the developer to resist oxidation.

    In my limited experience with Lodima, I don't think you can go wrong with using either Amidol or Ansco 130. They both yield striking images in a relatively easy manner.
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    I agree with Doug and Peter. The 130 produces blacks that are, in the words of another, "stygian". Have a look at Michael and Paula's site. There is a long article on using various developers with Azo paper. 130 is close to Amidol, but the difference-as has been pointed out-is the ability to use a water bath with amidol, and thus to be able to control the contrast. Might be interesting to see what Ultrablack developer does with Lodima as well.

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