kodak DA-163 developer

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got a packet of kodak da-163 developer(for black and white paper). had used liquid type previously but now got this packet of power developer and hope someone can enlighten me as i am confused with the instruction on the packet. What is the meaning of :- to prepare and to use. to prepare:- 5 litrs of water to one packet of power to use:- dilute one part of stock solution, mixed as above, with 3 parts of water and develope as recommed does it means that the prepared 5 litrs are to make 15litrs of working solution? any answer are appreciated many thanks

-- chia s.c. (beochia@singnet.com.sg), August 23, 1999


I can find no information on this developer, and I have never heard of it. I can't get through to any of Kodak's sites to check it out this morning. This is not a standard home-use developer, and I suspect it may be a lith developer or possibly designed for use in automated processing equipment. However, you are probably correct that the package will make 5 liters of stock and 15 liters of working solution.

-- Ed Buffaloe (edbuffaloe@unblinkingeye.com), August 23, 1999.

Actually, a 1:3 dilution of a 5L stock will make 20L of working solution not 15L. If you make up 15L that would be a 1:2 dilution.

-- mitch rosen (mitchrosen@sprintmail.com), August 23, 1999.

Duh. Thanks Mitch.

-- Ed Buffaloe (edbuffaloe@unblinkingeye.com), August 23, 1999.

kodak DA-163 is one of the standard paper developers sold and used extensively in india since the stone age. i am quite satisfied with my prints using this developer, although i do not have any experience with any other paper developer.

-- hoko hoko (photoq@hotmail.com), August 24, 1999.

First, you answered your own question: After mixing with 5 liters to get the stock you then store it as such and mix it as you use it with 3 parts of water...the result will be 20 liters of working solution, not 15. This is a good developer..works well with higher developing temperatures.

-- Tom Reitemeyer (udorn74@yahoo.com), August 31, 1999.

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