Try a new developer

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by Coldow91, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Coldow91

    Coldow91 TPF Noob!

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    I am planning on trying a new developer once my Tmax dev. runs out which will be soon and I am looking for suggestions.
    I normally shoot tri-x or HP5 pushed to 800-3200
    or Acros and Tmax 100 and slower B&W films for landscapes. I have been thinking towards HC-110 because while it still is a multipurpose developer I have seen great results when it is used to push Tri-X and HP5.

    I was wondering what you guys use or would suggest and why

    thanks
     
  2. Helen B

    Helen B TPF Noob!

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    So many choices...

    I quite like Tri-X with Diafine, which is a two-bath developer. You can use Tri-X at EI 1250 or 1600 when you process in Diafine. I also use Xtol diluted 1+3 for pushing Tri-X, and D-76 either straight or diluted 1+1. Xtol is an excellent all-round developer.

    Best,
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  3. ksmattfish

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

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    I'll second Tri-X in Diafine. It was my low light BW film/dev combo of choice.
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What Helen said.

    And, for your slow to medium speed films, you might want to try Rodinal. It's a "cult classic" developer.

    Another one to try for pictorial use is PMK (a Pyro developer).
     

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