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Photographers' Formulary 130 Developer for Black & White Paper (Makes 2 Liters)

B&H # PH130D4L Mfr # 02-0080
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Product Highlights
  • Dilute 1:1
  • Stock Solution Stable for 6 Months
  • Makes Approx. 50 8x10" Prints Per Liter

Photographers Formulary 130 Paper Developer is a superb black & white paper developer that produces a full scale of rich blacks. The developer has an excellent shelf life, high capacity and is very suitable for batch processing. The prints obtained with 130 are surpassed only by the Amidol developers. However, 130 is much more pleasant to work with. This box makes 2 liters of stock solution.

The chemicals in Formulary 130 are used to make 2 liters of stock solution, which is diluted 1:1 with water to make the working solution.
The stock solution is stable up to 6 months
A capacity of about 50 - 8 x 10" prints can be expected for 1 liter of working solution

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Photographers' Formulary130 Developer for Black & White Paper (Makes 2 Liters)
 
4.7

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5.0

Long working solution life

By Paul G

from Salem, VA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Professional Finish/Quality
  • Tonality

Cons

  • Time-consuming Prep

Best Uses

  • Black & White Photos
  • Darkroom Prints

Comments about Photographers' Formulary 130 Developer for Black & White Paper (Makes 2 Liters):

I've just started developing my own B&W prints at home, so I have no other developer experience to compare to. I like the results this developer gives me though. It develops to completion quickly with RC papers I've tried and gives a very pleasing tonal scale.

The main reason I chose 130 over more common options like Dektol is because of the reputed long tray life. While I won't be leaving this out in a tray for extended periods, I tend to print small amounts on an irregular basis. Being able to put the working solution back into a bottle and continue using it for my next printing session, even if that might be a couple of weeks later, is a deciding factor here.

So far, after a couple of weeks, with a handful of short printing sessions, I'm still seeing good activity. The developer is darkening somewhat, but clearly still works. I have about 10-15 8x10 sheets through it so far.

The only real downside is the mixing, which has to be done from multiple packages of chemicals, one at a time. This is somewhat less convenient than liquid concentrates or "all in one" powder mixes, but it's not something I'll have to do often, so not a big deal. If the idea of having to do this is off-putting you may want to try something else.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

I think this will replace my Dektol

By StevePom

from Danbury CT

About Me Semi Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Tones And Highlight

Cons

  • Nasty Mixing

Best Uses

    Comments about Photographers' Formulary 130 Developer for Black & White Paper (Makes 2 Liters):

    I mixed it up into 2 dilutions, 1:1 and stock and used both. With Ilford paper I don't see much difference between dilutions but with Oriental paper I had problems with staining with the stock dilution. That being said, it gives better tones and detail especially in the highlights than I ever saw with Dektol. Mixing is a pain, I would wear gloves and a mask from the time you open the plastic bag the box comes in until it is a liquid and you have cleaned up and sealed any residual powders. I wound up sealing the box and all the little bags even the instructions in a zip lock before disposing of it. I made myself a little sick handling it before mixing it without gloves and mask.

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    • Business

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    4.0

    Great product but misleading description

    By Pierrot

    from SC

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    Pros

    • Great Blacks

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • VC paper

      Comments about Photographers' Formulary 130 Developer for Black & White Paper (Makes 2 Liters):

      I purchased this product thinking that it would give me 4 liters of stock solution. It does not. It only gives you 2 liters of stock and you can get 2 or 4 liters of working solution depending on your dilution.
      I have to see if the shelf life is as long as described but it is odorless and has been working great.

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