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    Re: What developer do you use? Why?

    I was taught to develop film back in the early 1970's using Kodak D-76 (1+1). In the intervening years, I tried many others. I have returned to D-76 (1+1).

    It is clean, stable, reliable, well understood and it just plain works well with everything...and it forgives me my relaxed approach to the technical aspects of this pastime.

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    Re: What developer do you use? Why?

    Lately, Ornano Nucleol BF 200, a one-shot 2-component pyrocat developer. It gets me strong negatives for contact printing to argyrotype where midtones have a bad time separating.
    Sometimes a staining deveoper, Tanol from Moersch, though it is a bit hard to control.
    My staple one-shot has always been HC110 B. No fuss but weaker midtones.

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    Re: What developer do you use? Why?

    I like experimenting - alternatively read that as "I haven't found The One True Developer yet". I have been developing a lot with Tanol, love the fine grain and stain - maybe one of my favourites.

    But lately I started getting into some alternative printing (mainly albumen prints right now), and those negatives are not ideal for the job. The above mentioned Nucleol BF200 is my most recent discovery, beautiful strong very fine grained negatives with high acutance.

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    Re: What developer do you use? Why?

    I shoot HP5 and use D 76 for everything. 33% Developer 77% Water for N, N+, and N- development Agitation every minute. For compensating/water bath type situations like N-4 (or more) I use 20 % developer and 80% water with agitation every 2 minutes. I am experimenting using 10@ developer on the back up negatives in extreme n-4 situations. Normal (N) compensating development time is 14 minutes. N- and N+ I vary 2 minutes per each N- time period. N-3 is 8 minutes (3 zones X 2 Minutes each).
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    Re: What developer do you use? Why?

    I don't like two part developers, so I use HC110 and 510 pyro. Happy with both.

    Mike

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