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    Champion C-41 Developer

    Just like with black and white chemistry Kodak has supply issues with their color chemicals too. My supplier of C-41 suggested I try Champion chemistry instead of Kodak. He said that he has several labs that have switched and are happy with their results. I'm wondering if anyone here has used Champion and been happy. I guess what I want is for someone to pat me on the head and tell me everything is going to be OK... Which I assume it will beI'm just not good with change.
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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Wasserman View Post
    Just like with black and white chemistry Kodak has supply issues with their color chemicals too. My supplier of C-41 suggested I try Champion chemistry instead of Kodak. He said that he has several labs that have switched and are happy with their results. I'm wondering if anyone here has used Champion and been happy. I guess what I want is for someone to pat me on the head and tell me everything is going to be OK... Which I assume it will beI'm just not good with change.
    Following. Kodak has pushed out delivery to early March. I would love to try champion, but I would need to do some research to see what would be needed for rotary processing. Do you have any links or other information on their chemicals?


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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    Quote Originally Posted by nbagno View Post
    Following. Kodak has pushed out delivery to early March. I would love to try champion, but I would need to do some research to see what would be needed for rotary processing. Do you have any links or other information on their chemicals?


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    I bought the developer from Miami Digital— miamidigitalinc.com. I only bought developer as I had everything else on hand. Champion bleach has no acetic acid so a dilute acid stop bath I think will be required. I haven't looked too closely, but it looks like their bleach and fix are RA-41 and very quick. I'm not sure I'll want to use them unless I have no choice (or it doesn't matter). I'd need to do some research on those.

    Miami's phone is 305-599-2218. Speak to Nando, he can surely answer all your questions
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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    There's some documentation on the Champion website, though it seems to be aimed primarily at commercial labs.

    http://www.championphotochemistry.co...rs&catalogID=1

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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    There's some documentation on the Champion website, though it seems to be aimed primarily at commercial labs.

    http://www.championphotochemistry.co...rs&catalogID=1
    Yeah just looked at that, I might contact them and have a chat.


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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    Quote Originally Posted by nbagno View Post
    Yeah just looked at that, I might contact them and have a chat.


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    Please let us know what you find out
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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    I've sent them an email, lets see if they respond. Browsing their site, I see that many of the links to documents are dead, and the latest news, updates etc haven't been updated since the early 2000's, so it seems a little sketchy. They do list a cross-reference sheet which I will go through to see how it lines up with Kodak's offerings.

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    I received the developer today. It is a single component concentrate and separate starter. I got packaging to make 5 liters at a time. We'll see how it goes, although I'm not expecting any problems with the chemistry. Time is the same as Kodak—3min 15sec.
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    Re: Champion C-41 Developer

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Wasserman View Post
    I received the developer today. It is a single component concentrate and separate starter. I got packaging to make 5 liters at a time. We'll see how it goes, although I'm not expecting any problems with the chemistry. Time is the same as Kodak—3min 15sec.
    Assume you are rotary processing? I'm looking at their list of chemicals, and my first take would be:

    1) Mydoneg Dev Starter to make a working solution
    2) Mydoneg SP-ULR Developer Replenisher
    3) Mydoneg Air RA Bleach Replenisher
    4) Mydoneg Plus Fixer Replenisher

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