Quote Originally Posted by mrred View Post
Try 1:1 or 1:2. I don't use much less than this with Dektol which should have the same activity level. Even then it's at the suggested time of 12. Time is less critical than when developing negatives as the density is much greater. With D-19 I had to use 1:1 which was why I stopped using it; it got much more expensive than Dektol.

try jumping up more in times. I would use increments of 10. When you get fog, try backing off half way from the last point. If that is good, bump it forward half way....and so on.

You should get the similar results with PQ. It looks like you are just using a strong enough dilution. In theory you should be able to use any developer. Getting it to work well or with a reasonable cost is another story.

Mr Red. If as you say, then it's going to boil down to cost. Your Dektol is 3.8L of stock diluted at 1+1 or 1+2. If I dilute my 500ml bottle of PQ (similar cost) at 1+1 then it'll take a whole bottle to do one Super 8 Film at 1L (and that's only the 1st developer). So I'm going to try a bottle of Dektol in liquid form and then if the equivalent dilutions can be worked out I will compare costs between Dektol powdered and Dektol liquid. I think Dektol stock at 1+1 is the same as Dektol liquid at 1+9 but I'm not sure.