John, the first thing I did was to buy the Foma kit. In fact, I only ever wanted to use a kit. When I spoke to one of the knowledgeable team at Silverprint in London about dev times, he strongly advised against using the dev part for Tri-X. He said that Tri-X is very low contrast compared with lower speed films when reverse processed and that it needed a very energetic developer. He suggested PQ which is where my tests started. Funnily enough two sets paper developer tests failed (with me) to return results with the contrast I sought. I'm not saying that the Foma will not work but I did start out with the desire to use a kit. And no other kit is available in the UK. I don't think you can say that 'nobody' wants to buy them based on a sample of 1 (after all, I think it was only me here trying to do it on Tri-X). And I do hope you're not aiming the 'hipster' slander at me - you simply have no idea on that score
Originally Posted by johnielvis
But I'm not one of the great disappointed. I realised very quickly that I had to run plenty of tests for both practice and knowledge before I went into my real film projects, with a solid repeatable developing process under my belt. Practicing on Tri-X 35mm was only ever a means towards another end.
Now, it appears to me that a few people with no real interest in reverse developing Tri-X have jumped in here with an intention to criticise, for no good reason other than to gloat.
When I have good results on Tri-X Super 8 (with D19 or Dektol powder) I will return. I may even also later try it with 400TX 35mm again out of curiosity. Other than that it feels like this thread has run it's course. I certainly have learnt what I need to know, for now. Thank-you to all who contributed.
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