I need to use up my Ilford DD-X - what film?
Old 11-13-2014   #1
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I need to use up my Ilford DD-X - what film?

Rapidly approaching the 6 month mark on this bottle 3/4 full bottle of DD-X
I have some Delta 3200, which is what I got it for, but not enough dark subjects

If I shoot Delta 3200 at 1600, it'll share the same development times as

Pan F at 50
Delta 400 at 400
Tri X at 400
TMax at 400

Any of these a particularly good combo?
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Delta400 and Tmax400 are realy good
Never tried TriX, but you might as well give it a spin
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DD-X is a full speed developer and will work great with any fast B&W film.

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From the Ilford Developer Tech info sheet
Pan F at 50 8 mins
Delta 400 at 400 8 mins
Delta 3200 at 1600 8 mins
TMax at 400 8 mins
Tri-X at 400 8 mins
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With Delta400 & 3200 it works very well.
If you have used it with 3200, you'll remember long times are required (with real pushing, I mean) because they're a lower contrast combo than TMZ & TMaxDev were...
More than for flat low light, they are wonderful for low light with high contrast, like theater, concerts, bars, where there's low light with zones of direct strong lights too...
Grain's a bit big, but tone's smooth.
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The only thing wrong with DD-X is that it's really expensive. But, aside from that, it is great IMHO for new techology films -- Delta and TMAX. It certainly works on anything, but for old technology films like Tri-X or HP5+ I'd rather stick with D76 or HC110. Basically, anything you'd use Xtol on is good for DD-X.
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Another vote for Tmax. It's my go to combination.
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Isnt this the same type as Xtol?
I like Neopan 400 and Trix in it.
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I'm not a chemist, nor do I play one on television :-)

But for all intents and purposes DD-X does the same thing as Xtol, with a different chemical formulation. At least that is my undersanding, and I'm sticking with it :-). However, it is significantly more expensive, at least in the US. If Ilford could get the cost down, I'd use it but until then Xtol is my choice for new technology films and HC110 for the old...

I'm told they can't get the cost down because of the cost of shipping a liquid, which is expensive.
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Rapidly approaching the 6 month mark on this bottle 3/4 full bottle of DD-X
Just for your information: With some Tetenal 'Protectan' protective gas on it DD-X has a shelf life of about 2 years.

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Isnt this the same type as Xtol?
I like Neopan 400 and Trix in it.
No, it isn't an ascorbate developer and DDX, although a developer that produces good film speed, still works within the same grain size-speed window as most traditional developers. I really like DDX, but it's nothing like Xtol.

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For D3200, the rule of thumb was to shoot at 1600, and develop as 3200
shoot as 3200,m develop as 6400, etc
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