Dektol and Ilford MGIV RC Deluxe

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by john_kilmer|1, Feb 22, 2001.

  1. I have a bunch of color negative strips I need to contact print. For immediacy and economy I just bought a packet of Dektol mix (1 quart) and some Ilford MG RC. All I want to do is to get some reference images. I'll only be making two or three contact sheets at any given time, so I want to use the dilution that will be the most economical. Dektol will not be my usual B&W paper developer, and I've never used it before. That's all they had at the only darkroom supply place I could find within 100 miles of where I live (I might be exaggerating by 20 miles or so). In any case, the plan is to dilute as much as possible, use as little as possible to get two or three 8x10 contact sheets done, and dispose of it. Thanks for any suggestions.


  2. Typically Dektol is used 1:4 for good contrast and blacks...
  3. I can't remember doing any contact prints of colour negs on normal
    B&W paper, but enlargements weren't very good unless you were looking
    for huge grain and weird tonal representation. Something to do with
    the paper not sensitive to the colour negs in some wavelengths or
    something (someone chime in and add the reason.. I'll remember then!)
    Kodak make 'Panalure' paper for doing this, which must be handled in
    compete darkness. All the 'good' info may not be appropiate, but if
    you're contact sheets aren't what you expect, now you know partially
    why :)
  4. Thanks, Nigel. I understand the difference between Panalure and
    regular B&W paper. I don't care how weird the tonal representation is
    for this purpose, I just want to see the composition in the contact
    print. \


    OK, Scott. Dektol 1:4 should last me a good long time for just
    contact prints. Thanks.


  5. I just printed some color negatives on MG IV in Dektol. They were
    medium format. I had to use around grade 4, but the images ended up
    looking surprisingly good. I was a bit chagrinned, in fact, since I
    typically would have made them with B&W. Anyway, they needed the
    added contrast, but were otherwise normal. I always use Dektol with
    the fiber base MG, but at 1:3, and two minutes or sometimes three.
    The RC stuff gets one minute, so that is why 1:4 is okay with it.

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