Recipe for vestal's divided d-76? : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Film & Processing : One Thread

Could somebody please share with me the original formula for David Vestals divided d-76 variant (the one that contains hydroquinone) I have read a few contradicting formulae and am a little uncertain as to which is the original. thanks,

matthew stanton

-- matthew stanton (, May 28, 2002


I don't think it is Vestal's but it is from Zone V's catalogues from Vt. and I'll be glad to send it to you. It does use Hydroquinone and I have been using it for years.

-- Scott Walton (, May 28, 2002.

Hi Matthew,

Here is the formula for David Vestal's Divided D-76;

Solution A

Water 750.0 ml Elon or metol 2.0 gm Sodium Sulfite 50.0 gm Hydroquinone 5.0 gm Water to make 1000.0 ml

Solution B

Water 750.0 ml Sodium Sulfite 50.0 gm Borax 2.0 gm Water to make 1000.0 ml

If I remember correctly, the film is developed in Solution A for 4 minutes (with normal agitation) followed by 10 minutes in solution b with with normal agitation. Stop, Fix and Wash normally. Don't let solution B get into solution A or you'll wreck solution A.

As with any film, you should test first before committing any important pictures to this process.

Hope this helps...

Mike Sullivan

-- Mike Sullivan (, June 04, 2002.

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