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Best developer for Tmax 100.

Peter Zentjens , Oct 02, 2002; 05:08 a.m.

Simple question: I'm going to shoot Tmax 100 and 400, which developer should I use to get the best possible grain, sharpness and tones?

Somebody told me to go for the Tmax developer, but somebody else told me Tmax is no good to develop other films (and I occasionally use Agfa, Fuji).....


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Martin Pistor , Oct 02, 2002; 06:02 a.m.

TMax developer is simply the best compromise for T-Max films. It will work with Agfa and Fuji too, but there are of course different optimized combinations for every special target (sharpness, grain, tones). Even for T-Max. If you use the Agfas and Fujis for special reasons in negative appearance you`ll take according developers. If you do cause nothing else is at hand, well, as I said, it works. Martin

Greg Smith , Oct 02, 2002; 06:15 a.m.

For the past few months I've been using Tmax 100 exclusively. I always develop it in Rodinal 1+25. I've gotten very fine, sharp results. I've shot maybe 2 rolls of Tmax 400. It has nice tones in Rodinal. The grain is nice, as well as the tones. I don't care much for 400 speed films in generall though.

Chris Waller , Oct 02, 2002; 06:21 a.m.

Rate TMax 100 at 50 ASA and dev in Agfa Rodinal, diluted 1:50, 20 C for 7 minutes. Agitiation - 4 inversions in the first 30 seconds then one inversion every 30 seconds after that. And I give a 2 minute pre-soak in water at 20 C but that's opitonal. Tones are smooth and Rodinal gives a sharpness which other developers don't have.

Huib Smeets , Oct 02, 2002; 06:56 a.m.


As you live in Belgium try Amaloco's AM74. I do so and am happy with it. "They" say it's some kind of altered, liquid concentrate look-a-like of D76. It is not speed reducing nor speed increasing, it is fine-grained and sharp. Many filmtypes/brands can be processed with 1 and the same time of 5 minutes. The standard dilution of 1+7 can be reused for a number of films without need for adjusting the development time. Other dilutions are also possible.

Groeten uit Nederlands Limburg,

Scott Walton , Oct 02, 2002; 09:21 a.m.

D76 1:1 is always good, TMX 11 min and TMY for 10 minutes. I have switched to Divided D23 for my 4x5 though and like that. Also HC110 is very good too.

David Goldfarb , Oct 02, 2002; 10:04 a.m.

I also process TMX in D-76 (1:1).

I don't particularly like TMY. I prefer the longer scale, better tonal separation, and more attractive grain structure of the New Delta 400 Pro, rated at EI 200 in straight Perceptol or at EI 400 in D:76 (1:1). It's smoother in Perceptol, but if I need the extra stop, I'll go with D:76.

Jerry Breault , Oct 02, 2002; 12:13 p.m.

I've used TMX and TMY in 35mm, 120, and 4x5. I've developed in TmaxRS 1:9 and Xtol 1:1 and cannot tell which negative was done in which developer. Recently, I switched to D23 1:1 and 1:3 and can see a reduction in grain. I haven't compared tones directly, but I do like the D23 negs more.


Lex Jenkins , Oct 02, 2002; 12:28 p.m.

I won't claim these are the best 'cause I haven't tried 'em all, but I get great results using Ilfosol S and ID-11. My 120 TMX negs want for nothing. If another developer gave better results I don't think I could stand it.

Sound like you, as I do, wish to keep your supply of chemistry to a minimum. That's why I'm quite content with Ilfosol S, ID-11 and Rodinal. Years ago, when I shot nothing but Tri-X, I used nothing but HC110 and was perfectly happy.

That said, keep in mind that there are so many variables including plain ol' water. I use distilled water unless I want random results 'cause our well water is very hard. So it's more than just chemistry, temperature, etc.

Alex Hawley , Oct 04, 2002; 09:36 a.m.

My vote goes to Rodinal, either 1:50 or 1:100. The 1:100 gives nearly non-existant grain.

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