Where has the Perceptol gone?

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So's it's time to order more Perceptol. B&H doens't list it anymone. Nor does Calumet, or Adorama... Am I missing something here? Have I spent the last year learning to be consistent with one set of chemistry only to have it pulled from under me?

I guess I will have to try that bottle of Rodi.... , heaven forbid we could have another convert.

Well, I am going to be doing some more tests. FP4+ & some developer. Or maybe Tri-x, or possibly Delta 100. Dang it - I hate getting sidetracked. I am busy enuf with hanging my enlarger on the wall, and trying to get my press up & running in time to mount my "blind exchange" print.

I need a drink.
 

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rexp said:
So's it's time to order more Perceptol. B&H doens't list it anymone. Nor does Calumet, or Adorama... Am I missing something here? Have I spent the last year learning to be consistent with one set of chemistry only to have it pulled from under me?

If you really like Perceptol, you could give Kodak Microdol-X a go. These two developers are supposedly interchangeable with identical results. Mic-X is still available from any Kodak dealer.

Hope this helps...

Mike Sullivan
 

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The company that took over chemical production for Ilford is only dealing with liquid chemicals, as far as I understand. It looks like Perceptol is gone - at least for now. I'm also feeling quite lost without it.

Following advice received here, I mixed up a batch of Microdol-X a few days ago. I exposed a roll of PanF+ 120 @ EI 25 and developed at stock strength (exactly what I would have done with Perceptol). The negatives look good, but have a yellow-ish/brown-ish stain on them. I'm told that this is normal and won't interfere with VC paper. I hope to find time this weekend to make a couple of prints from my test roll.
 

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I have about five 1 liter packets left. should last me for a year.. After that I'm probably going to start using more standardized developers.. Tmax RS, Rodinal, or even D-76.

A lot of the best products are being phased out. And this is because these better chemicals are difficult to use, so the user blames it on the product and as news spreads, everyone avoids it. This domino effect is happening to XTOL as well. It is a wondeful developer yet because people can't get it right they start sreading disgruntled propaganda and so everyone is afraid to use it. This is what happened with Tmax as well.. "Its too contrasty", no... it's because you're inconsistant! There is no such thing as a bad product.. and it is always easier to blame everything else before blaming ourself.
 

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it does indeed look liek perceptol has gone - but Moersch are now making it instead --- Hooray!

it's called Moersch EFG although it is claimed to be the exact perceptol formula. www.retrophotographic.com are selling it over here - not sure about your side of the pond though
 

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Leon said:
it does indeed look liek perceptol has gone - but Moersch are now making it instead --- Hooray!

it's called Moersch EFG although it is claimed to be the exact perceptol formula. www.retrophotographic.com are selling it over here - not sure about your side of the pond though


Indeed, Ilford stopped the production of Perceptol. Alternative made by Wolfgang Moersch (EFG) and for the comming month also for ID11 and Microphen.

Further I can advise for the Microphen, SPUR SLD and for the Perceptol, SPUR HRX-2.
Dutch customers can order SPUR and Moersch easy via our Fotohuis.

Regards,

Robert

www.FotohuisRoVo.nl
 
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