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What is the best developer for Tmax 400? Why some people recommended D76 instead of Tmax developer? ....And what about Tetenal's Ultrafin plus? Appreciate if you could help.

-- Roam (, May 19, 2000


Some people just like other things than other people. That's why there is a choice of films and developers, papers, ... rather than THE one best in each category. You can probably use any of the developers named (plus a fair number of unmentioned ones) with good results, but you will have to run tests to find out which one suits you best. There is hardly any developer that is equally good in all aspects, such as grain, sharpness, tonality, ease of handling ..., and you may even need different developers for the same film for different subjects or applications. If you state which aspect is the most important for you, one might give a recommendation.

-- Thomas Wollstein (, May 19, 2000.

Xtol is the best (at 1+2 dilution), anything else might just as well be rancid stew. (kidding)

-- Tim Brown (, May 19, 2000.

What's the recommended time for TMax400 in rancid stew? :^)

-- Pete Andrews (, May 22, 2000.

Pete Andrews....Surely you jest sir.....Roam, start with D76 1 + is the industry standard. Then, move on from there...Pete, I suspect too many late nights in the darkroom. You're not drinking Kiwi wine in there....are you?

-- Peter Dinnan (, May 22, 2000.

Tetenal Ultrfin Plus works lovely with TMZ - at least for me. Seems a nice push developer. Generally using Delta 400 in Xtol 1:1, I used Xtol for TMY as well, worked fine.


-- Wolfram Kollig (, May 22, 2000.

For me, TMax400 is one of the few that does well in TMax Developer.

-- Bill Mitchell (, May 22, 2000.

I understand TMY is supposed to do well in PMK, too.

-- Brian Hinther (, May 24, 2000.

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