Suggestion for beginners: start with D76, skip the monobath

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justinwonnacott Senior Member • Posts: 1,065
Re: Suggestion for beginners: start with D76, skip the monobath

The best advice I ever got as a new photographer was from my employer..

"to get consistent negatives and know your film speed learn to use one film and developer well and only change things for special situations"

This advice was offered after I spent most of a year trying different films and developer combinations without ever mastering one. In short order I was getting high quality negs that made consistently good prints.

I settled on d76 1:1 with water for tri x exposed at 200 iso for sunlight. We used diffusion head enlargers, condensers needed a thinner negative. One shot. Developer is cheap.

That year I probably shot and processed more than 500 rolls with reliable results.

The only folks I knew using monobaths were  newsies (and hc 110 syrup) who were always in a hurry and damn the torpedoes.

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