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    warm tone paper developer

    I have purchased some Fomatone chamois 542 II paper and am unsure about the best developer. I have read about the Fomatol PW, Photo Formulary 106 and some others. I have read that cool tone/neutral developers (dektol, etc) tend to cause a greenish tint, however I do not want a soft developer, which is recommended for the best effect. I prefer the normal contrast developers. Would the green of the Dektol type developers be neutralized by selenium toning? Any recommendations/experience?

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    Ansco 130, available from Formulary. Warm tone, lasts forever, forgiving of changes in dilution. A classic paper developer. Good stuff.

    Green Dektol tint that shows up on some papers is usually eliminated by selenium toning. That said, Dektol is a fairly cool-tone developer.

    The Ansco is a relatively sure bet, if you're looking for a warm-tone print.
    Bruce Barlow
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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    Thanks Bruce, I will give it a try.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    130 divides the silver rather finely, so is esp compatible with toners afterwards.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    With the old Agfa Portriga 118 I like two developer baths, Dektol and selectol soft. The time ratio in each developer adjusted accordingly for the image.
    Produced some lovely subtle split tones when toned in selenium.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    Ilford Warm tone developer is ideal or make up ID78 which is the older Ilford commercial warm tone developer.l Both are excellent with the Foma warm tone papers, don't over develop it kills the warmth.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    I've just been making some prints on 542-I and my favorite developer is Agfa Neutol WA (now sold as Compard print WA). I like it better than Ilford Warmtone or Ansco 130. Ansco 130 seems more like a neutral developer to me. It's fairly concentrated and has a great working life. Looks amazing with the Fomatone.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    In my experience, Foma warmtone papers show an marked greenish cast in Dektol, rather
    unpleasant. But they also respond well to selenium or gold toning, and change color rapidly.
    They are also suitable to bleach and redevelopment techniques.
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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    I like this paper, just discovered it recently. I've been developing it in Sprint (university darkroom) and even though the image itself is not exactly warm toned, it looks nice. I'm anxious to make some further tests toning, bleach/re.dev. etc.

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    Re: warm tone paper developer

    Quote Originally Posted by BarryS View Post
    ... Ansco 130 seems more like a neutral developer to me...

    Agreed!

    'Stock' Ansco 130 is on the Neutral side of things...
    I too favor Ansco 130... But ONLY something *like* the 'Ansel Adams' version.
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    If mixing it from scratch... Start, by completely omitting the Hydroquinone and Potassium Bromide and also reduce the Sodium Sulfite to around 30-35g/L... And you are 'Off to the Races'.


    http://www.jackspcs.com/pd130a.htm


    Also... Don't be afraid to Dilute it 1:3 and extend your Developing times to 5-6 Minutes.
    *Later on... You might also want to try substituting Potassium Carbonate for the Sodium Carbonate.
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