Photographers' Formulary Wimberley WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer - 25 Liters (liquid)

Photographers' Formulary Wimberley WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer - 25 Liters (liquid)

Photographers' Formulary Wimberley WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer - 25 Liters (liquid)

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Photographers' Formulary Wimberley WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer - 25 Liters (liquid)

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Photographer's Formulary Wimberley's WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer, is a Pyrogallol/Metol/Sodium Carbonate developer formulated by photographer John Wimberley for spectacular results with current black and white negative films.

An update of his classic WD2D formula, this new developer maximizes the beneficial effects of pyrogallol to produce negatives that are easy to print and display the following beneficial characteristics:

  • Greatly enhanced acutance due to edge effects at tonal boundaries
  • A very smooth, long tonal scale
  • Unmatched tonal separation, especially in highlights
  • Hardening of the film emulsion, reducing susceptibility to scratching
  • Fine, unobtrusive grain

    Because of its special spectral characteristics, a WD2D+ negative may be printed on either gelatin/silver or platinum/palladium paper The emulsion of WD2D+ negatives contains a yellow-orange colored dye mask, traditionally called "stain", that is proportional to the density of the silver image.

  • This mask has the effect of raising the contrast of the negative beyond the level produced by the silver image alone. This means that negatives can be developed to significantly lower silver densities, resulting in finer grain and higher sharpness than is possible with conventional developers.

    When printing on variable contrast papers, this yellow-orange mask avoids the loss of contrast caused by the greenish color produced by some other pyrogallol developers.

    The full color density of the mask is achieved during development, making an alkaline after-bath and extended washing time unnecessary. Also, development times are significantly shorter than with some other pyrogallol developers.

    WD2D+ consists chemicals (dry) to make of two Stock Solutions, A and B, which are diluted with water just before use. It is a one-shot developer, meaning that each batch of Working Solution is used only once.

    To Make 25 litres of Working Solution

    UPC: 675152101563
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    Photographers' Formulary 01-0156 specs

    Chemistry Type Film Developer
    Powder/Liquid Liquid
    Liquid Volume 2 x 16.0  fl oz / 473.2  mL
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 5.2 x 2.7"

    Photographers' Formulary 01-0156 reviews

    Wimberley WD2D+ Pyro-Metol Film Developer - 25 Liters (liquid) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for a different look Requires something of a learning curve, as this developer is picky about temperature and water purity conditions,and you will find that your development times differ from the recommended values. I've used this with Ilford HP5 Plus, Agfa/Rollei Retro 80S and Kodak TMax 100 film. Only the Kodak gave me trouble on my first roll - it needs a longer than recommended developing time to give a good result in my hands. The main advantage of WD2D+ over modern hydroquinone-based developers is a much more subtle grayscale in shadow regions. Contrast tends to be less dramatic as a consequence, but the look, which is uncannily close to much older photography, is very attractive. Does not replace modern developers, but gives you a different option.
    Date published: 2014-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite I was interested in trying a Pyro developer (I had previously used DDX as my main developer) and after some research I decided upon this one in particular. I was expecting to have to go through a long process of trial and error before finally obtaining the results that I desired, but I found that the first roll I developed was very good. After I had enlarged three photos I never wanted to use any other developer. The directions say to use a non-hardening fixer, but I don't. The results are still magnificent, but I will try it again with a non-hardening fixer, but either way the results are very good. It may be a little hard for a new user to get the hang of though, since it requires very consistent development conditions. I always use a water jacket to maintain the temperature of the developer, and I tend to add a little time to the recommended times since they are slightly thin otherwise, but the results are great, and I never want to use anything else. I found that this works best when you develop Ilford FP4, Kodak Plus-X, and Efke 25.
    Date published: 2009-09-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new developer to try out. I'm doing more alternative print processes, and this developer was recommended for its contrast enhancement. Giving it a try. Too early to decide success or failure, but it's a good developer.
    Date published: 2016-04-26
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