Minimal Agitation

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I read about this in The Darkroom Cookbook, 3rd edition. What you do is: add 50% to the dev time, then agitate continuously for the first minute, then 10 seconds every 3 minutes after that. I have to say, it's been working great for me.

Anyone else doing this?
 

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Never tried that 'recipe', but then there are just about as many variations on developing time & temp and agitation methods as there are rolls of film....
 
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I can't really put it into words, but it seems that something beneficial is happening compared to "regular" agitation.

Like, say your normal time is 10 minutes - you just extend that to 15 and agitate less. Sort of like getting the benefits of stand developing without having to wait an hour for it.
 

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Finaly someone else discovered the benefits of minimal agitation. It improves two aspects: compensation and acutation. Try this: develop for 55-60% of normal time, drain the developer and without rinsing put for 3 min stand into solution of borax or sodium carbonate. I also use sodium metaborate for T-grain films or with glycin based developers. Classic combo: HC110 1+49 20C 5'45" and 3' in borax (at least 10 g per 1 litre ) 20C stand for Kodak TX.
 

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