Formulary's 130 Paper Developer is a superb 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 F130 are surpassed only by the Amidol Developers, however F130 is much more pleasant to work with. We feel F130 is one of the best developers ever formulated. The chemicals in Formulary 130 make stock solutions which are diluted 1:1 with water to make the working solution. The stock solution is stable up to 6 months. A capacity of about 50 8x10" prints can be expected per 1 liter of working solution.
Posted by Michel Hardy-Vallée on 3rd May 2020
There are plenty of good print developers around, and you will always get a good result with any of them. But when you nail it, when the result is a feeling in your gut, not just a measurement on a densitometer, it's Ansco 130 1:1.
It has maybe a 2-5% difference from your typical developers, and I haven't put my finger on it, but it makes me happy.
You might notice a very subtle tone (as in colour) shift from your usual developer, depending on the paper. On MGIV RC I have the faintest reddishness. On FB paper it's business as usual.
Posted by Eric Searing on 19th Apr 2020
I have had my stock for just over a year now and it is still going strong. I use it either 1:1 or 1:2. I have tried it with Ilford MGFB Classic, Ilford warmtone FB, and with Bergger papers. With Berger VC fiber it is a little colder and bluer than the Ilford papers. Working solution in an open tray can be used for 2-3 days in a row, but after about day 4 it starts to darken and will stain the paper. In a full brown bottle I have kept diluted 1:2 for up to 3 months with no problems. I am an infrequent printer and have found the shelf life adequate for this product.
Posted by Mark A. Bingham on 30th Nov 2018
In my opinion the best paper developer available.Thanks for making it available.