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    B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    I KNOW: Been asked a million times, but I would like to see the results.
    What is YOUR go to black & white film and darkroom chems for LF these days.

    I have mine ..... what say you?

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Fuji Mammography film (18x24) and Pyrocat HD

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    Eric Woodbury
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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    HP5, FP4, Ilford Ortho, Tech Pan from days of old -- from 35mm to 8x10. Developers are DS-14 for paper, Wimberley's HD2H+ variant for film, XTOL.

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    FP4 and HP5 for film and DD-X for developer. There are a few other film types around, but those are the go-to ones.

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    DS-10 Developer.
    Glacial acetic acid.
    Mini-lab rapid fix with no hardener.
    Last edited by Peter De Smidt; 20-Feb-2021 at 06:59.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    film: Fomapan 100, 200, 400
    paper: Ilford Classic VC FB
    developers: Xtol replenished, Dektol
    stop bath: Fotospeed SB50 Odorless - costs more but no exhaust fan required
    fixer: Fotospeed FX30 Odorless - costs more but no exhaust fan required
    wash aid: Kodak Hypoclear
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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Thanks and I will try it your way!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maris Rusis View Post
    film: Fomapan 100, 200, 400
    paper: Ilford Classic VC FB
    developers: Xtol replenished, Dektol
    stop bath: Fotospeed SB50 Odorless - costs more but no exhaust fan required
    fixer: Fotospeed FX30 Odorless - costs more but no exhaust fan required
    wash aid: Kodak Hypoclear
    2022

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    film: FP4, Delta 100, Bergger 400, HP5
    paper: Ilford Classic MGFB and warmtone, Ilford ART, Bergger VC
    developers: Pyrocat M, Obsidian Aqua, PF Ansco 130, Diafine, HC-110, Ethol LPD
    stop bath: Kodak indicator stop
    fixer:TF5 and Ilford rapid fix
    Plus chemicals to make bleaches, toners, wash aid, tray cleaners, etc.
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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Thank you all. Lots of options. FYI I have been using all Ilford. It is time to venture out, don't you think?

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    Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Thanks ..... Love your site! I went to Darlington School in Rome way back when ....

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