fair enough--somethign needs a change--very good--agreed there for sure.
Originally Posted by mr.datsun
Since you already have data for one type of film, why not changet the PROCESS instead of the film?
What you don't know is that the same process and chemicals will work for many films--therefore, if you can get the process to work for one, it will work for all--you are discouraged and grasping at straws with the wishful thinking that it's the film. It is not the film.
at lease TRY different, stronger dilutions...first witout the hypo then, when you get it working without hypo, then try adding hypo and see if you get speed or other improvements--but only after you start getting predictable, repeatable results. Get the bleaching step bugs out too--that may be a problem as well. Get each step robust and repeatable then start changing things one thing at a time.
change ONE variable at a time. Logic dictates you start with concentrating the developer--just try doubling your current concentration and change nothing else and then look at the results and see if a stronger concentration actually works..If it does work, then you'll have to figure on spending more money--or changing developers. This is the fun of coming up with your own process--it's going to take a long time even going at it every day. I know it's daunting and you want immediate results--but you at least have some success with some kind of image--USE that information to hone in on the best process for you.
It appears that you don't like to hear that the deveoper you're using may have to go faster than you originally estimated. Well, too bad--that's the breaks in this world--nobody's crystal ball works 100%. However, this may be better--you may end up using a different deveoper that comes out even cheeper than dektol, see. Just get it to work with dektol first, then you'll have experience and intuition for tweaking other deveopers. right now you don't know what is causing "the problem" and you're paniced that things are not working out as planned.
Relax--spend the money and tiime now...once you get something working THEN start to pinch the pennies and shave the minutes off the process.
This is why people "on a budget" fail all the time--they CAN do it for x amount of dollars IF they have experience--but they want it for x amount of dollars with NO experience.
You have to pay the piper..spend the money now and you WILL eventually succeed, but you can't succeed if you're going to let initial investment get in the way of experimenting.