[pure-silver] Re: Delta 3200 Processing recs.

Heh, good thing I don't always rely on memory when it comes to critical things 
like developers and dev. times!  I see here that at 20° Perceptol and Microdol 
are the same times.  Thanks for the recommendations.

My Ilford pdf's have all the times I need.  Since this is a film that rarely 
comes through here, it was a case where opinions matter.




> Thanks guys for all the answers.  I mentioned Pyrocat and PMK mostly to show 
> that I do keep some variety around here, but since I didn't shoot this film, 
> I have no idea if those 2 would be appropriate for the images they contain.  
> I did want to get an opinion though as to what in others' experiences were 
> and what has worked for them and it's interesting Pyrocat and PMK were both 
> recommendations.
> Personally I was hoping for T-max or D-76 since they're so easy to work with 
> and both are always ready to go here. The recommended developers (by Ilford) 
> are DDX and Microphen, neither of which I carry normally so other options 
> were needed.  As I understand it, Microdol is similar w/Micophen, but no one 
> nowadays wants the speed loss for the more commonly used films that come 
> through here, despite the grain advantages so I don't keep it around unless 
> it's asked for.
> 
   Microphen is closer to T-Max in performance. It is a D-76 type developer 
using Phenidone in place of Metol. Microdol-X is an extra-fine-grain developer, 
its Ilford equivalent is Perceptol. These are not appropriate developers for 
very high speed film since they loose speed. T-Max or T-Max RS is an excellent 
pushing developer and will not create a shoulder. DD-X is probably similar to 
T-Max but there is only MSDS information available about the two and its not 
enough to analyse them. The T-Max developers produce somewhat coarser grain 
than D-76 but also produce slightly higher speed. I've used T-Max RS quite a 
bit in the past but have never used DD-X so can't testify about it. T-Max was 
quite satisfactory. If you desire the highest speed from the film T-Max is the 
right stuff to use. If its been shot at a moderate speed D-76 will work well. 
Ilford should have on line data sheets for the film and usually gives 
recommendations for Kodak as well as Ilford
 developers. Since these are someone else's films I would use a predictable and 
reliable developer.

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Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA
dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
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