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    Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    For years I have been using 400 Tmax with Xtol 1:1 but I thought I would, for the fun of it, give Kodak Tmax RS a try. I downloaded the Kodak data sheet on Tmax developer and just receive the developer from Freestyle. The packaging and instructions are not in English and the data sheet is not very helpful. I didn't know that Tmax RS came in two parts (A & B). I want to use the developer as a one shot so my questions are:

    1. Can I mix A & B together without water and then mix 1+4 for one shot use?
    2. Do I have to mix A & B each time to use as a oneshot? I use a rotary processor so sometimes my quantities are very small (8 oz. for example).
    3. Would it be best to mix the whole gallon with A & B and then store in 1 quart bottles and use as a oneshot?

    Ted

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    Ted, John's link came up for me as page not found, but I persisted and got to this page on t-max developers :http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...6.14&lc=en#002
    Is this the the data sheet that you downloaded from Kodak?

    If it where up to me, I would mix A&B together just before I will use it and use the 1:4 dilution to adjust the temp of the working solution. I think that they come in an A&B configuration for a reason and I would not premix A&B and try to store it.
    Good luck and let us know how you make out with this developer.
    Cheers,
    Robert

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    I mix the Tmax A & B solutions and then dilute as needed, usually a 1:10 developing in a Beseler drum at 75 degrees for 9 minutes on a one shot use. I have had periods of storage of several months of the mixed solution before dilution and use. I haven't seen any ill effects but don't have a densitometer for negative reading, YMMV.

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Ley View Post
    Ted, John's link came up for me as page not found, but I persisted and got to this page on t-max developers :http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...6.14&lc=en#002
    Is this the the data sheet that you downloaded from Kodak?

    If it where up to me, I would mix A&B together just before I will use it and use the 1:4 dilution to adjust the temp of the working solution. I think that they come in an A&B configuration for a reason and I would not premix A&B and try to store it.
    Good luck and let us know how you make out with this developer.
    Cheers,
    Robert
    Robert - That is the data sheet I downloaded and I don't see any specifice reference to mixing parts A and B. I was hoping to use as you do by mixing A & B just before use and diluting 1:4. I would assume you could put the B into A just before mixing with 4 parts of water. What ratio do you use; that is what is the ratio of B to A?

    Ted

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    For use with Tmax films, I mix Sol A with enough water to make 32 oz. total. Then mix Sol B with enough water to make 32 oz total.

    Then use 1 part A + 1 part B + 6 parts water, and you will be very close to a 1:9 dilution that many recommend, such as John Sexton.

    The mixed solutions keep very long, up to 10-12 months. This was documented in View Camera magazine a few years ago.

    Thanks to Mr Gittings for turning me on to this method...

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    Hello! There is an article inthe archives here. John Sexton mixed A and B together and then diluted the mix.
    I mix the two together and then dilute. I've tried 1:3, 1:7 and 1:9 (at 75 degrees) with a rotary drum. I tested each throgh BTZS. Not m uch difference, actually, except slightly less expansion with higher dilutions - about 1 1/3 stops instead of 1 2/3. Best regards.

    Mike

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    Thanks! Everybody has been extremely helpful. So there's nothing like going and doing it.

    Ted

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    OK, I did it.

    I had to do a lot of head scratching to figure how I wanted to handle this. I ended up mixing Part A with water to make 32 oz. of stock solution and mixing Part B with water to also make 32 oz. of stock solution. Stored each in brown, quart bottles. I shot some negatives, mixed Parts A and B together and added water for the other half which gave me the 1:4 ratio. I used the times in the Kodak data sheet.

    The negatives look good. It will take some fiddling to determine optimum film speed, etc. and it will take awhile to see if I like the results better than Xtol. Anyway, that's why photography is fun.

    Ted

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    Re: Kodak Tmax RS Developer Mixing and Use

    Glad to hear all went well...let us know how the negs scan, and please post an example for us to see!

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