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#1 Noah

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:19 AM

Hello everyone, I've recently come to the film world and I love it.  Last week a couple friends showed me how to process b&w super 8 in a lomo tank and it went pretty well for my first time.  I've just ordered a lomo tank online and am waiting for it to ship to the states.  I've been doing quite a bit of research on developers and am having a hard time finding information on the different developers.  I know that D19 is the standard, but Kodak discontinued it and Photographers Formulary sells it pre packed (I'm thinking about buying bulk chemistry to mix my own), and I've read that Tetenal Dokumol and Ilford PQ Universal work well too.  For simplicity sake I'd like to get the easiest and longest lasting developer.  I know that you can reuse D19 and get 6-8 50ft rolls out of a single batch, but can you reuse the Dokumol and PQ developer to this extent?  I am also wondering about the development time for the PQ, Ilford rates it 12 mins as 1st, then 6 mins for 2nd, but that's for their film and not Tri-X, which I'll be using predominantly.  Any help is greatly appreciated!


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#2 Friedemann Wachsmuth

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:08 AM

I recommend Dokumol. It lasts equally long too (if not longer).


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