Developing B&W Film Chemistry

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bondct
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Developing B&W Film Chemistry

Postby bondct » Sun May 23, 2010 11:34 am

Hi... so a few months ago I started to process my own b&w film with great results... Now, I recently bought a full darkroom setup from someone who was moving and couldnt take the equipment with him...

my question now is what chemicals and in what proportions can anyone recommend for me... I have tried google... but the results were not obviously apparent...

I use Ilford Multigrade Fiber Glossy paper... I realize that initially, the chemistry will involve some experimentation till I find what I personally like... just looking for a jumping off point... any suggestions are appreciated... Thanks...


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Re: Developing B&W Film Chemistry

Postby Keith Tapscott. » Sun May 23, 2010 12:12 pm

I would stick with what you are already using for your film processing, unless you have a good reason to change.
Liquid concentrates are easier to use for a beginner, although you don't state where you are geographically located. If in the UK, I suggest looking at Ilford or Fotospeed products, although Paterson market some good products if you can find them.
Something like Fotospeed FD-10 for film developing and Ilford Multigrade developer for papers would be a very suitable choice. Other wise, check the products on this very site.
Just about any brand of stop-bath and fixer will be fine with films and papers.
You mention a full darkroom set up, so I guess that you already have all you need to get printing. Also check various manufacturers sites for technical data which you can usually download as PDF documents.

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Re: Developing B&W Film Chemistry

Postby bondct » Sun May 23, 2010 2:20 pm

Hi... I am in New York... I currently use HC-110 to process my film at 1:63 dilution h... what dilution do you use for prints?

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Re: Developing B&W Film Chemistry

Postby Keith Tapscott. » Mon May 24, 2010 12:13 pm

HC-110 is a B&W film developer. It is best to use a dedicated paper developer processing your B&W enlargements. Something like Kodak Dektol Liquid or Ilford Multigrade developer will be fine. Those are usually diluted 1+9 and are supplied with the instructions printed on the label.


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