My Developer Options for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Paper
I love the simplicity of Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Fiber Paper. I like the classic look of this medium and it is an added benefit that the paper is fiber opening up a wide array of creative options via toning techniques.
I am sharing the developers that I use along with the details that have proven to provide me with repeatable and consistent results. I tested Diafine, Rodinal, Ilford Multigrade and Dektol. Based on my desire to achieve maximum black (DMAX) I settled on Ilford Multigrade and Rodinal. For repeatable consistency, I decided to test in my Jobo system. I use a larger Jobo unit in my darkroom and a smaller version when I am on the road and in the field. I like to develop my prints after I expose them. This is especially helpful when I am in the field so that I can get feedback and make adjustments if I prefer to do so.
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My development details are listed below:
Ilford Multigrade 1:15 20C Jobo 6min
2830 Jobo Print Drum for 8x10 (100ml per 8x10 sheet)
2840 Jobo Print Drum for 11x14 (120ml per 11x14 sheet)
8x10 paper at B&H Photo is $56.22 USD for 25 sheets and 11x14 is $43.33 for 10 sheets. Since there is no need for a negative and paper, I find the cost very reasonable at $2.25 USD per sheet for 8x10 and $4.33 for 11x14.
I look forward to your comments and questions.
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I've tried all of those developers listed on DPP except Diafine. I would add to that list Kodak Selectol Soft -- it does a good job drawing out midtones without preflashing. But it's only my second favorite--Caffenol is hands-down the best, imo. It's only drawback is that it exhausts very quickly when using it on paper. But, it's very cheap to make with OTC ingredients.
just read up on this iso 1 ~ 3 paper.
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