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    Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    I just found an unopened container of Kodak HC-110 developer that was purchased 2 1/2 years ago. Kodak says the shelf life is 6 months, but I would like to use it. I can just try it out on some test shots, but thought I'd ask here if anyone has used HC-110 this old and if so, what were the results?

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    Scott

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    Unopened? - Use it.
    I've used unopened hc-110 that was 15ish years old just fine.
    Unless it is dark brown (oxidized), have at it.
    If it is brown - test it, but i hear even then it will likely work fine.

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    Even if opened, probably fine if not dark brown as noted.

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    Super. Will use it. Appreciate the advice.

    Scott

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    My HC-110 was opened 2 years ago, it is dark orange and still works just fine, I'm sure your bottle will be the same.

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    Use it!
    Terry

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    I'm using four year old stock HC110 (dark amber glass bottle) and it's looking fine. I don't recommend that length of time however
    notch codes ? I only use one film...

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    Hexk my opened working bottle of HC-110 is older than that. Use it!
    Newly made large format dry plates available! Look:
    https://www.pictoriographica.com

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    I'd use it then refrigerate it. L

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    Re: Unopened HC-110 developer, 2 1/2 years old - toss or use?

    I've used 5 - 10 year old HC110 with no problems. Maybe when the archeologists dig us up 5000 years from now it will still work - if they remember what film was..

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