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I've been looking at alternative film/developer options and from all the images I've accessed I am going to stick with my Tri-X or TMax400 as they label it today and this developer by Kodak
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1493207-REG/kodak_1058718_professional_t_max_1l_developer.html

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Am 7.2.2021 um 11:15 schrieb PeterMM1:

I've been looking at alternative film/developer options and from all the images I've accessed I am going to stick with my Tri-X or TMax400 as they label it today and this developer by Kodak
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1493207-REG/kodak_1058718_professional_t_max_1l_developer.html

I use TMax developer, I like it with TMax film, though it wasn't originally made for them. The grain is OK with TMax 400 and nonexistent with TMax 100. I have found D-76 and HC110 to be too contrasty with TMax films at box speeds, the TMax developer has slight compensating characteristics. I have not used it with TriX. It is interesting that TMax 100 does not like being developed in temps below 20C (68F), the grain increases. 

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I was asking about where to get my film developed once I start using my Leica M3 again.  It's all set to go, I've 3 rolls of Ilford film, and while my brother gave me a couple of developing tanks to replace the ones I had before I sold my darkroom, I would rather start by letting someone good develop my negatives.  I've got my Epson V500 scanner ready, and have set it up for scanning negatives - results were impressive.

I gave up on finding anyone good, but yesterday I found a listing for:

http://www.Darkroomanddigital.com

After looking over everything at his website, I plan on taking a first roll of film to them.  After reading his history, and the reviews, and getting an email back from him, my decision is made.  The email to Randy is randyroom aatt aol.com (spelled this way to defeat bots looking for emails, and aatt really means at).  He specializes in printing, but I'm mostly posting on the internet.  I would love to start using my M3 again.  Life was so simple back then.  I very much enjoy my M10, but parts of me miss "the good old days".

A bonus for me is that he's located in Miami, so I can drive there and back.  

 

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On 2/6/2021 at 9:11 AM, PeterMM1 said:

Thanks, I'll look into that.
BHphotovideo has that at a pretty good price and with no sales tax and free shipping with their CC.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/188027-REG/Ilford_1155055_Ilfotec_DD_X_Developer.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA9vOABhBfEiwATCi7GD2JEvHMIlOmFvfgmEFur60OFmadqp8okeYkcWMb8qZ_a2D9wZf0MxoChDEQAvD_BwE#!

How it is with developing Tri-X because that pretty much all I use and still have a half dozen rolls of 36.
Do you use a stop bath or just rinse well with water?
 

For stop I use 1:8 "White Vinegar", so acetic acid?

And a plug for Film Photographer Project, for some of those obscure film types, and chemicals.

 

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10 hours ago, MikeMyers said:

I was asking about where to get my film developed once I start using my Leica M3 again.  It's all set to go, I've 3 rolls of Ilford film, and while my brother gave me a couple of developing tanks to replace the ones I had before I sold my darkroom, I would rather start by letting someone good develop my negatives.  I've got my Epson V500 scanner ready, and have set it up for scanning negatives - results were impressive.

I gave up on finding anyone good, but yesterday I found a listing for:

http://www.Darkroomanddigital.com

After looking over everything at his website, I plan on taking a first roll of film to them.  After reading his history, and the reviews, and getting an email back from him, my decision is made.  The email to Randy is randyroom aatt aol.com (spelled this way to defeat bots looking for emails, and aatt really means at).  He specializes in printing, but I'm mostly posting on the internet.  I would love to start using my M3 again.  Life was so simple back then.  I very much enjoy my M10, but parts of me miss "the good old days".

A bonus for me is that he's located in Miami, so I can drive there and back.  

 

Adam Miller is an extraordinary photography (lawyer by day, successful seller of his photography otherwise) who used to be on this board, but left last year to go on Instagram. He does his own scanning with a Nikon Coolscan 9000, but sends out his film for development. He told me the 3 places he uses, and, before I set up my darkroom, I've tried them, and found this to be overall the fastest/cheapest/best.  

https://www.colorresourcecenter.com/processing

That's in New York City. You should know that Miami Leica uses a place near to them, and you might just email Josh at Miami Leica to find out who they use.

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For anyone interested I have nixed the idea of again buying chemicals and processing film myself.
It's simply not economical or worth it for me. I won't be doing a lot of it....maybe a roll every month or so.
This company - https://northcoastphoto.com
 will process your roll for $8.50 and send you back negatives....they will also scan and print if you want for additional cost.
I can use my Epson v550 scanner to scan so I don't need to pay extra for that.
 

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I want to avoid sending my B&W film via USPS, but the only local (Menlo Park, CA) store that processes film is Mike's Camera. Does anyone have any experience with them?

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15 hours ago, Einst_Stein said:

Thank you for the recommendations. I will give PhotoLab in Berkeley a try. 

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