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    Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    Can I develop 4x5 tmax100 with tmax developer or do I need tmax rs developer ? I have a full gallon of tmax developer which has never been opened.
    If I shouldn't develop 4x5 tmax100 with tmax developer, whats the difference between the 2 developers ? I've done quite a bit of reading of the 2 developers
    but can't quite figure it out ? I'm probably reading right over the answers ?

    thanks--tom

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    Apparently you need TMAX RS. There's a thread here about it:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...n-Tmax-a-no-no

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    thanks for the thread. Now it makes sense . Any one in need of a gallon of tmax developer ? thanks--tom

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    TMax develops in any conventional developer, including just about any pyro developer I can think of. The TMaxRS developer is a fine one for sheet film, and will
    give a straighter-line characteristic curve than D76 or HC110, at least among Kodak branded developers. But there's nothing weird about TMax films which prevents
    you from experimenting with all kinds of developers. I prefer PMK pyro myself.

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    I should have also said that I did develop 2 sheets of tmax with 2 sheets of arista edu.100. They were each shot with same settings. I then developed all 4 sheets in a rotary tank, using d76 diluted 1:1.
    The tmax had greater detail in the shadow areas than the arista. I figured if the tmax did this well in d76 that I should try tmax developer. ! I tried pyro once, with sub par results--it had to be me, for other folks are
    getting superb results. Been quite a while ago I tried it, but think it was 515 ?

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    I've used regular T-Max developer with no issues with this semi-stand development technique.

    In normal use, I don't think it'd be all that much different.
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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    I've long used T-Max developer diluted in distilled water for tray developing sheet T-Max with no problems.

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    Re: Develop 4x5 tmax with tmax developer ?

    thanks Jim & Corran, think I will try developing a sheet of tmax in regular tmax developer.

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