Here are my developing tools. One basin, one thermometer and five plastic bottles.
The water in the basin is kept on 20° celsius (I put some cold/hot water if the temperature rises or lowers) and it keeps at the same temperature all the bottles.
The bottles, to be used in the numeric order, contain:
- Water: it’s used for the pre-bath to wash away the anti-halation layer
- Developer: this is the only critical one for temperature so, before using it, I double check the inner liquid temperature with a more precise thermometer. My preferred developers are Agfa R09 (Rodinal) or Bellini Hydrofen.
You can find my recipes here
- Stop: it’s usually a solution of acetic acid and it stops the developing action
- Fixer: I use Ilford Rapid Fixer or Bellini FX100
- Distilled water with some drops of wetting agent. This is the last bath. Between 4 and 5 there is the washing process with standard water