Darkroom Digest: Black and White Film Developers
I have been developing film in the darkroom for decades. I started developing my black and white film in the darkroom and creating prints when I was about 12 years old. My dad helped me build my darkroom in our basement and I have never looked back since those humble beginnings. Today, I develop all of my different films in my darkroom (i.e., B/W, C-41, E-6, X-Ray) ranging in size from 35mm up to 11x14. I have the ability to develop films up to 20x24, but 11x14 is my largest camera.
I wanted to share my personal thoughts about black and white film developers because I get a lot of emails and questions from photographers on a regular basis for this topic.
I think it is important for every photographer to fully understand their motives and be honest with themselves. By doing this, photographers can stay focused on the end game and the important aspects of what matters most. For example, I love nature and being outside. I try my best to communicate the freedom, joy, and peace that I experience when I am outside in nature. I am not thinking about all the various developer choices that I have at my disposal, and more importantly, no one cares other than another photographer.
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HI Tim,I have recently found your website and have found your articles and info on lots of subjects very interesting and informative. Please keep it up.
Tim, have you ever used the Acufine line of developers? I have used them in the past, especially when push processing and found they provided a nice grain structure and tonal range. Any thoughts on these products? http://www.omegabrandess.com/products/Accufine
You will missing a lot of the advantage of the last 30 years in developer progress, if you stay with HC110 and D76. Test the products from SPUR in Germany. It is a small company specialist for industrial film development (microfilm, health care x ray film etc.). The developer for our films Trix, Tmax etx. are stunning. http://spur-photo.com/some-information-in-english/
Hi Earl, thanks for commenting and sharing your experiences. i have also had really good results with Rodinal, especially with the Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray film. It is almost fool proof in my Jobo. I have heard really good things about APX 100. What do you like most about this film?
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