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    Your favourite film + developer combinations

    Hi all,

    I do see a lot of activity in the 'fun with medium format FILM images' thread, and I wondered if you'd be willing to share your favourite film + developer combinations?

    Mine are:
    Delta 100 + DD-X
    Tri-X + Amaloco AM74 (works also nicely for pushing)
    Chinese lucky films + Amaloco AM74
    Tri-X + Rodinal (not for pushing)

    How about you?

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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

    Not medium format, only 35 mm; but for me it's FP4+ and HP5+ both developed in Microphen. FP4+ pushed to iso 200, HP5+ to iso 800 or 1600.

    Other film used is Delta 3200 and other developer ID11, but neither of these are as satisfying for me as the combinations mentioned above.
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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

    Tri-X in D-76 1+1. The staff of life.
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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

    Tri-X and 510-Pyro from 120 to 4x5, or 35mm with highly diluted Rodinal (stand dev).
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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

    I see there are several people here using Pyro - is there a possibility to buy it 'ready-made' or are you mixing it yourself? I'm always a bit reluctant to mix by myself, that's why I didn't try it so far.

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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

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    I see there are several people here using Pyro - is there a possibility to buy it 'ready-made' or are you mixing it yourself? I'm always a bit reluctant to mix by myself, that's why I didn't try it so far.
    If the issue is that you'd prefer not to mix from powders, the Photographers' Formulary offers some pyro variants in liquid concentrates as well.

    EDIT: Sorry, I see that you're in the EU. International shipping from the Formulary may be a problem.

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    Re: Your favourite film + developer combinations

    Here comes an oddball, not a favourite.

    I was not happy with the shelf life of super low contrast developers and the obsolete supply of technidol.

    So I experimented and got usable results from Ortho(lith) film (super high resolution and extremely low grain) in very diluted Kodak HC-110. Not optimal but shelf life is good.

    For me Shelf life is most important and small one-shot packaging another.
    I also prefer small bottles instead of powder bags and eventually breathing some powders. I found Agfa fix in 120ml small bottles. Then I divide HC-110 also into small bottles. Sadly the 4x5 ortholith stock was discontinued from Macodirect. That was a dream combination : 4x5 and ortholith.
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