Photographers Formulary 106 Warmtone developer question

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  1. Hal Reiser

    Hal Reiser Member

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    I'm interested if anone has any experience with the PF 106 warmtone developer and Ilford MG FB Warmtone? I currently use Ethol LPD at 1:2 dilution and am looking to find a developer which will give a warmer image than I am getting now.
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  2. Thomas Bertilsson

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    PF 106 I have no experience with, but give the Ilford Multigrade developer a shot. It produces surprisingly warm tones for not being advertised as a warm tone developer.

    The Ilford Harman warmtone developer is another option.

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    Generally, any paper developer will produce warmer tones the more it is diluted. You may need to give the paper terrific increases in exposure and developing time. Don't forget that 1:10 overdilution of a developer means 1 pint of working solution develops about one 8x10 sheet of paper and then needs to be thrown out.

    Agfa (Ansco) 261 developer does a good job and is easy to mix up yourself.

    For what you will pay for a few packets of various specialty developers you can buy the basic chemicals to make pretty much what you want: Metol, Hydroquinone, P. Bromide, S. Carbonate, S. Sulfite, Ascorbic Acid and Citric Acid. Add some Glycin to the list if you like, I don't find much to recommend the stuff but its use is very chique. Phenidone (dissolved in propylene glycol) can be useful for making some of the really cheap home-brew developers developed by Patric Gainer http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/VitC/vitc.html.