X-TOL Developer

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  1. matchframe

    matchframe TPF Noob!

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    Hi, I am new here, but have been around the darkroom for quite a few years. I shoot mostly Plus-X, and T-MAX 100 B&W film with my Nikon F4.

    I have been using D-76, and Microdol-X developers in the past.

    I had to buy some new negative developer this week, and bought X-TOL developer. Anybody have experience with this developer? Any Advice?

    What other developer would you recommend?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I like Sprint, but it's just basic stuff like D-76 (which I also like), and ID-11.

    I have recently been shooting 35mm Tri-X at ISO 1250, and developing it in Accufine Diafine 2 bath developer. If you search for "Diafine" and "Tri-X" you'll find plenty of info. I haven't developed enough to form an opinion yet.
     
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    matchframe TPF Noob!

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    I heard of Diafine just the other day! I need to see if the store where I buy supplies carries it.

    I use to shoot TRI-X 400, but my shots always out very grainy using D-76. Would using the Diafine with the TRI-X make the film less grainy?
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Tri-X is sort of known for it's grain. You might try Ilford HP5+; the grain seems less pronounced than Tri-X to me. Or even something slower. Microdol is supposed to be a fine grain developer, isn't it? For that matter, Kodak describes D-76 1:1 as a fine grain developer. I don't think the Diafine would give you better results than Microdol or D-76. I like the increase in speed , and it tends to be low contrast, which is good for shooting indoors at night.
     

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