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    Divided D-76

    I'm bored with my usual film developer so I've had a read of my copy of The Film Developing Cookbook and decided that I'd like to try Vestals Divided D-76 with the modifications recommended by the authors. I develop my sheet film using constant agitation.
    I have a few issues.
    Mixing temperatures?
    Developing temperatures?
    Should I pre wash the film (even though Ilford advise against it with their films)?
    I usually use my present developer diluted but as a one shot, could I get away with doing this with divided D-76?
    5 minutes in each bath is recommended, any variations?
    Any other advice would be much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Pete.

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    Re: Divided D-76

    I think you'll want 125 degrees F for mixing the metol.
    Room temperature, same each session.
    No pre-wash.
    One shot is the only way I used it. I also varied the amount of metol and sodium sulfite. Dropping hydroquinone reduces complexity - you're down to 3 components plus water.

    Here's some more info on this subject showing variations on what I lump together as "simple metol developers":

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/DD-23/dd-23.html

    Then, you can start adding to the basic formula so its less simple (as if that makes any sense):

    "Glycin Metolrita" where I took notice of the similarities of 130 paper developer and D23.
    (the "rita" part comes from margarita - with salt on the rim)

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...p/t-26147.html

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