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    HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    I just pulled my first test negatives out uaing HC110. Reporting low contrast. The low values are not as dense as I had hoped. I believe they are least 2 stops thinner than with my D76 or Pyro process. I haven't had a chance to print these and I suspect they would print but not as easily as preferred.

    The overall density is lower than ideal. Flat and I suspect would print gray and mushy.

    I went off the massive dev charts times.

    ei 200
    HC110 dilution H 1:63
    21c
    8 minutes

    I am thinking about increasing the development time to 10 minutes but also would like to see if anyone else has encountered this and tried a higher concentration while keeping the development time down.

    I agitated 1 minute then 10 seconds every consecutive minute. Does HC110 perform better with constant agitation?

    I shot a few more test sheets today and want to process tonight. Let me hear what works for you guys.

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    What film?

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    If you are going to increase the time, do so. But not from 8 to 10 minutes, go at least to 12 minutes. (11.2 minutes would be a one stop increase)

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Quote Originally Posted by koraks View Post
    What film?
    Right that's kind of important: HP5+

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    If you are going to increase the time, do so. But not from 8 to 10 minutes, go at least to 12 minutes. (11.2 minutes would be a one stop increase)
    Thanks for the oversight. I think time is the easiest variable to adjust at this point.

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    It would also be good to know whether you're in a tank, trays, or what, how many sheets at once and what the total volume of developer is. You may not have enough concentrate to get the job done with a small volume at 1:63.
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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    https://imaging.kodakalaris.com/site...mistry/j24.pdf doesn't mention dilution H. Is that since the 'new' formula I saw in recent posts on this forum? I don't know. But do check page 7 on that PDF about developer capacity, that could be your problem.

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen View Post
    https://imaging.kodakalaris.com/site...mistry/j24.pdf doesn't mention dilution H. Is that since the 'new' formula I saw in recent posts on this forum? I don't know. But do check page 7 on that PDF about developer capacity, that could be your problem.
    Dilution H is not one suggested by Kodak. Thus it is not mentioned in their literature. It is one that someone, possibly unknown, thought to publish many years ago.

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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    Dilution H is not one suggested by Kodak. Thus it is not mentioned in their literature. It is one that someone, possibly unknown, thought to publish many years ago.
    http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/hc110/

    Lots of (not Kodak official) info on HC-110 here.
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    Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Its been awhile since I've used HC-110 on a regular basis...having, by and large, gone over to pyro and pyrocat (staining) developers. But I've recently begun to reconsider a return to HC-110 - at least for certain types of images. My hope is that this "new" formula of HC-110 can compare favorably to the old one, assuming also that there will likely be some "tweaks" necessary to achieve this.

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