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#1 Robert Glenn

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:22 AM

Perhaps this is Sacrilege to ask, but are there devlopers that are clearly better than the rest of the pack? If so then who are they?
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#2 Nathan Milford

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 09:37 AM

For developing your own film?

I'm assuming B+W...

For 52/7222 labs typically use D-96, which is very similar to D-76. I think D-96 has more metol and a lot less hydroquinone than D-76, you should shoot tests, and you may need to reduce or increase your film's effective ISO...

I've been toying with doing stand processing in Rodinol for 5222, maybe actually induce bromide streaking and other processing artifacts.

You can google about, there are lots of posts on photo.net and elsewhere about processing 5222 in Tmax, HC-110 etc...
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#3 David Venhaus

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:14 PM

Choice of developers is really a matter of artistic choice. It is not really that any developer is better or worse then any other, just different, with each developer, having its own set of characteristic properties of how it interacts with each specific type of film. Finding the right developer is dependent on the set of circumstances and priorities. Some produce higher/lower contrast, finer/coarser grain structure, sharpness, etc.
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