Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
I'd just add that if Sirius Glass hasn't printed stained negatives before, it can take a little getting used to. So it might take a little practice before you can really decide whether or not to stick with the staining developer. The same goes for evaluating the negatives visually. You might look at the stained negative while it is drying and think you failed because it looks a little thin and low in contrast. That's how they are supposed to look. The printing paper sees the negative differently than your eyes so you really have to print them.
Agreed. For me, Pyrocat was the developer I used when I started being able to make pretty decent prints, so it was a learning curve in reverse when I stopped using it.
I agree that the negatives look visually different from regular negatives and that printing them is the only way to evaluate them properly. However, I hold to my opinion that Pyrocat does hold highlight contrast better than any other developer I have tried. That's the impression I have of about two years worth of printing pyro negs.