Alternatives to Ilford Perceptol?

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  1. Divaphoto

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    My stock of Perceptol is nearly out and my usual supplier (Silverprint in London) tells me that there is none available until Ilford start making it again. So, in desperation I have to consider alternatives. I usually shoot Delta 100/400 and some FP4.

    Can anybody recommend a fine grain developer like Perceptol which is readily available in the UK? Would XTol be OK?

    Thanks

    Richard
     
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    Hmmm...I use Rodinal Special with Ilford Delta 100 for fine grain and very nice tones. Worth trying...
     
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    Kodak Microdol-X is often described as similar to Perceptol
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, it seems that Rodinal Special isn't normally available in the UK, and surprisingly neither is Microdol -X.

    I've had a suggestion that T-Max developer would be better than XTol - any thoughts?

    Richard.

    BTW I spoke to the recievership team at Iflord in Cheshire and impressed upon them the need to get some chemicals out before we all start reforumuating - I'm pleased to say that they were already aware of the problem!!
     
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    anyone out there have a formula that can replicate Microdol-X or Perceptol? I have the chemicals ;need formula Thanx
     
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    Here is Ronald W. Anderson's Microdol-X substitute formula. This formula was published in the 1973 Dignan Photographic Newsletter.

    Microdol-X Substitute

    Water-----------------------750. ml
    Metol-------------------------7.5 grams
    Sodium Sulfite (anhy)--------100 grams
    Sodium Bisulfite----------------7.5 grams
    Water to make---------------1.0 liter

    This formula works fine with the normal developing times given for Microdol-X (both use 1:3 dilution). The results: The same, even to image tone.
     
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    Thanks Tom-that was really fast. I saw some work with microdal-x and delta 400 that blew me away so even though I yse traditional films here goes. Thanks again!
     
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    You are most welcome!
    BTW, I have also posted this formulation in the APUG Chemistry Recipes section.
     
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    That formula with 30 to 50 grams of canning salt or iodine free table salt might be a closer approximation. I saw a little reduction in granularity when I tested a similar combination. The canning salt doesn't increase developing time a whole lot. Iodized salt might be another story.
     
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