Suggestion for beginners: start with D76, skip the monobath

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 7,358
Re: Why?

My experience with scanning B&W negatives, which I did a lot of before I knew digital existed!, is that scanners can detect very thin parts of a negative very well, dense portions are more problematic.  Keep development controlled.  You can pump up the contrast in digital processing.

Yes, I think a developer like D-76 can do quite a bit (i.e. almost anything), even with films like Delta 100, which for me was the only acceptable T-/D- grain film.  I never cared for TMax.  It lacks bite or a real acuity to me.

If you are in the US, I recommend Freestyle Sales.  They have economical liquid versions of D-76, so you don't have to mix a gallon size portion of powder.

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