monobath developer ( developer+fixer in same bath)
can anyone give me information about good monobath developers?
does anyone still use this sort of thing? if you do, do you like it, is it convenient, or is it a total waste of time?
the other night, i had a conversation with a chemist who did a lot of work with the photo lab index. he sparked my interest in this sort of thing when told me of some monobaths that he created for himself. his film was always "ultra sharp" and he attributed it to the monobath chemistry he processed his film in. just to give you an example of how sharp his film was ... he shot 9mm film of a scene & made an enlargements. prominent photographers thought it was shot on large format because it was really really sharp and details like a man's bloodshot eyes &C could easily be seen.
for those who use monobaths, i have a PLI from the late 30s or 40s, is there a specific formula i should look at to try this out? or do you have a favorite you like to use? is there a good one will they work with today's films being not as silver-rich & filled with poly-vinyls? i know the chemist suggested that if he used his secret formula today, he would have problems with reticulation because of the lack of silver.
and lastly - are there any issues regarding archival stability &C when you use a single bath "system" like this, or is it all pretty much the same?
much thanks! ( in advance)