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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

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    Anyone process these in Pyrocat HD? Just got my 5x7 plates and the only developer I have on hand is Pyrocat. Seems like the hardening effect might be good.

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    Please try it. I am ordering PF chems for Pyrocat HDC. But I won't be able to mix any until I find my itty bitty digital scale and mixing hotplate. The horrors of moving with so many boxes.

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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Jason, Randy, thanks for the replies. I went ahead and ordered HC-110, may try Pyrocat, but figured I’d start out with the recommended developer first. Keep it simple, right. Now to dig up my NOS 5x7 plate holders that were sold to as film holders and start shooting.

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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
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    Please try it. I am ordering PF chems for Pyrocat HDC. But I won't be able to mix any until I find my itty bitty digital scale and mixing hotplate. The horrors of moving with so many boxes.
    By it pre-mixed in glycol? It lasts indefinitely that way, and you don't have to deal with powdered pyro.
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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    By it pre-mixed in glycol? It lasts indefinitely that way, and you don't have to deal with powdered pyro.
    I know that option is available. I want to mix my own. Now that I have a shed, I can mix safely there. I think the tanning feature of Pyro may be good for dry glass plate.

    I tried 510 Pyro on 35mm, very interesting. Read the old threads. Many times. Sandy won me over simply by logic. I know it will work for me on film.

    I need a big supply as once I get the Gas Burst system back up, I use 4 liters per run. And I'm cheap, the cost is good. Also it's time for me to add to my 'only Rodinol' developer stable after 7 years of loyalty.

    I took to method everyone's advice to stick to one set of variables.

    But Pyro waits a month for next paycheck as I just stretched my budget with an Engel refrigerator. It's for the mobile darkroom/RV/cargo trailer.

    HDC is made with Glycol
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    Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Any interest in lantern slides, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"? I have a handful - 10 - of glass that size left over from cutting whole plates and half plates that I could coat if someone wants them.
    Newly made large format dry plates available! Look:
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    .. because my wife is happy when I can cover my photography expenses!

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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Processed my first 4 plates, 5x7, went ahead and used HC-110, dilution B for 5 minutes. 2 of the plates look awesome and 2 are very contrasty. Bright sun and trees, go figure. Can't wait to print them, maybe next weekend. Also need to set up my scanner, been dragging my feet on that, but it would be nice to share some images.

    Might add that the plates fit perfectly in my Kodak (manufactured by Graflex) plate holders. These are the late model black one with the aluminum light trap covers. I bought 4 of them a while back thinking the were film holders. The cool thing is that I went to a local store last weekend and found one more. So now I have a nice set of 5 matching holders which is great, since the 5x7 plates come in boxes of 10.

    I'm also digging the ISO 2 rating, makes it really easy to shoot barrel lenses.

    Roger

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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    That's great!

    To cut the contrast you can try a couple of things: Back off on agitation, expose at ISO 3 or 4 and develop for 7-10 minutes instead of 5, or try a lower contrast developer and develop to inspection.

    Thanks for the report!

    Jason
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