Suggestion for beginners: start with D76, skip the monobath

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peripheralfocus Veteran Member • Posts: 4,556
agreed, differences are often small

Ranger 9 wrote:

When it comes to developer selection, the brutally honest truth is that you need to be a long, long way down the film-photography rabbit hole before choosing one developer over another makes that much difference.

Completely agree. The differences between general purpose developers with most films are very small compared to many of the other variables in the photography process. You have to be doing very finely calibrated work for it to matter, IMHO.

The art and craft of photography has always included a culture of intensely meticulous technical analysis -- what, in digital, we often call "pixel peeping". There's nothing wrong with that, and for some photographers it can be an important part of achieving what they are trying to accomplish. For many others, it's just part of the fun. Again, that's perfectly okay. If it makes you happy and doesn't scare the horses, it's all good.

But IMO, that technical culture has always had an oversized influence on the conversation among photography enthusiasts. It's easy to get caught up in worrying about these things when, in fact, they don't matter very much at all to one's own actual pictures. I've certainly been there.

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