Pyrocat-MC in Glycol Film Developer is a high acutance developer formulated by Sandy King as an alternative to other pyrogallol based staining developers. Pyrocat-MC gives negatives of fine grain and full emulsion speed and is suitable for all types of development methods, including rotary, normal agitation, minimal agitation and stand development. Pyrocat-MC is slightly more energetic (faster working) than Pyrocat-HD and gives very low general stain (Base+Fog) with very long development times, making it ideal when developing negatives to the high CI needed for printing with alternative processes.
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Posted by Unknown on 20th Jan 2018
My 2 star may not reflect the developers quality and its intended function.
It reflects my negatives quality I obtained from it.
Tried to use it as per instructions, in a Jobo set up and what I received is falling way to short of sharpness and resolution,compared with either D-76 or Rodinal using the same techique.Tried PMK and HD before, with the same inferior results before this.
My film of choice is T-Max 100 and I suspect this soup just not the right choice for this film and developing combination.
Since having most of the developer still on hand I will continue with some experimental variations before discarding this method of developing for good.
4X5 film format photographer for many years.
Posted by james m locke on 18th Jul 2017
I love the chemistry and thank Sandy King for his consideration of us all! The overall tonality throughout the negative is good. Staining is light and beneficial for those of us whom do alternative to digital, 'film'.
Lastly: DEFEND THE DARKROOM!
Posted by James M Locke on 30th May 2017
Great tonality throughout my negatives. It is different then HD which I up till now was all that I would use with my sheet film; semi stand develop via inspection.
Was easier to determine when to pull negatives from development with HD, the MC developer seems to immediately add density almost making it appear as if development had reached its peak, however my own processing and viewing has now allowed me to understand when development has concluded. I REALLY LIKE THE MC and will switch from Pyro HD to Pyro MC. Great developer for tray processing and I suggest strongly if not already using, switch and you will be rewarded with great long range, great tonality negatives. Of course I hope everyone is shooting LARGE FORMAT and doing ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY... IF NOT... WHY?
Posted by Eduardo Pire Méndez-de-Andés on 23rd May 2017
I am converted to PyroCat from PMK. The stain fromPyroCat is better for VC paper, nice brown tone, perfect contrast in HP5, box speed with enough development time.
I bought the Glycol version because it has longer shelf life.
Very satisfied. Great product. Thanks from Spain!
Posted by Unknown on 14th May 2016
I've used Pyrocat MC for about 5 years. I'm also a Jobo guy. For me, this combination produces the "easiest to print" negatives ever. It is important to do some testing on A:B ratios and effective film speed, but it's worth the effort. You don't have to fight the stain color on multi-contrast papers and on a cost basis, it's an extremely good bargain.