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Re: HC110 - Lith

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  • Subject: Re: HC110 - Lith
  • From: Zev Schmitz <zeesme@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:34:17 -0400
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Yes I work under a standard safelight but cover my development tray with another tray to prevent fog. I dont have access to a densitometer but did just order a No.2 Step wedge. Im using this purely for making enlarged negs, not for in camera. Enlarging from 4x5 tmx100 to 16x20.

On Mar 27, 2008, at 6:24 PM, Erie Patsellis wrote:

As a fellow Dektol user I can sympathize, try HC110 dil H, around 8 mins or so to start, are you using a densitometer to establish an EI? you do know that light film is insensitive to red and can be developed using a red flashlight, right?

Zev Schmitz wrote:
Good afternoon all!

Ive been using dektol 1:10 for my Arista APHS film for years now (if its not broke dont fix it right?) but have finally been convinced to try a developer with a slower development to help with extending my tones (I wish to move to palladium soon). I had several recommendations for HC110 and as it comes in liquid form, I thought it would be easy enough for a quick go. Ive been working with it all week and have yet to be satisfied with my results, I cant calm the contrast.... The recipe I was highly recommended to use was (from concentrate) 1:40 @ 68F for 7 Minutes. Ive also been told to use "Dilution B" but that just seemed even more contrasty. Does anyone have any hints for this stuff? A better developer perhaps? Ive been following the talk of LC-1 but I'm not allowed to use such chemistry in my institution.