Developer questions

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  1. darin3200

    darin3200 TPF Noob!

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    1. I got some developer that is supposed to be the same as D-76. In a 1:2 dillution is acts like stock D-76, and in 1:4 is acts like D-76 1:1 and is supposed to give a finer grain.
    Is their any down side to going 1:1 for the finer grain?

    2. Does anyone reuse film developer. In the past I always got rid of it after 1 use but is it really necessary?

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  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I always prefered the tonal range I got with D-76 1:1, than straight D-76. The only downside I know is that it takes more time.

    I don't save film developer after it's been mixed into a working solution and used. I occasionally push the manufacturer's recommendation for capacity by a roll or three, but I don't save it even if I don't think it's been exhausted. On the other hand, I always use paper developer until I can tell it's getting weak. It's okay to waste a sheet of paper, but I'm not willing to take a chance with film.
     
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    I don't store the developer after it is mixed but I have reused the developer for multiple rolls of film and have had no problems with it.
     

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