Ansco 120 - low contrast print developer

  Metric Measurements
Water (125 deg. F.) 750 ml.
Metol (or "Elon") 12.3 g.
Sodium Sulfite (anhydrous) 36 g.
Sodium Carbonate (anhydrous)
(or monohydrated version)
Potassium Bromide, 10% solution 18 ml.
Cold water to make 1 liter stock solution

To use: further dilute stock solution 1:2 with water to make 3 liters of working solution in tray. Develop print 1-1/2 to 3 minutes. Use half of the above quantities for 8x10 or smaller trays.

This formula results in about a one paper-grade decrease in print contrast when used with graded papers. Use in combination with another tray filled with Dektol to split between paper contrast grades. Develop the print in the Ansco 120 developer first, then transfer the print to the tray containing Dektol. Do not reverse the order or you will contaminate the Ansco 120.

Helpful hint: I make up several servings of the above chemicals and store them in labeled 35mm film cans. When the need arises for Ansco 120, I merely empty the pre-measured contents into a tray and stir. Be sure to empty the film cans in the order given above, or you may have trouble dissolving some of the chemicals.

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