320TXP in DD-X

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by valdez, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. valdez

    valdez Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    I was wondering how 320TXP (120 format) responds to various developers - specifically DD-X. Does "the look" vary significantly with different developers (e.g. D-76 vs. DD-X)? Also, do any of you use this film as an all-purpose (primarily outdoor) fim?
  2. Deckled Edge

    Deckled Edge Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Manhattan Be
    8x10 Format
    Tri-X has been my mainstay outdoor film since the discontinuation of Super XX. I am only recently learning to love TXP 320, and I use it in sheets, not rolls. It has good latitude and, since I use it in large format, grain is not an issue. For roll film I am sure you will want to use the finest grain developer and the highest acutance you can secure. I'm certain that you will get many answers that urge Pyrocat HD or a pyrogallol developer to accomplish those ends. Availability is not an issue, and the price is right. Go for it.
  3. mobtown_4x5

    mobtown_4x5 Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    4x5 Format
    I have had excellent results with this combo.

    Tri-X in 4X5 sheets is my favorite film to date, and I was getting good results with a D76 1:1 clone, but the sheets developed in DD-X at the recommended 1:4 dilution seem to have sharper edges to my eye.

    However Ilford does advocate one-shot use, and my experience is that it will begin to show signs of exaustion at approx. the predicted capacity (unlike some other developer capacity statements that I have found to be conservative). I let 24 sheets (I have a habit of working in groups of 12 because I sometimes use a daylight tank) go through 1 liter before tossing it out, but I wouldn't push it any further that that.

    I was exposing at ASA 200 and tray-developing with constant shuffle for 6 min. (Yes, I can usually successfully shuffle 12 at a time in trays :cool: )

    This combo has yielded some of my best negs to date, but as they say around here... "your mileage may vary" !