Color of Xtol when Mixing

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  1. Chazzy

    Chazzy Member

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    I mixed up some Xtol for the first time a couple of days ago, and I was a little concerned that the solution was amber to brown after dissolving the part 1 packet. The color changed to clear after dissolving the second packet. Is the initial amber or brownish color anything to worry about?
     
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    nope. a slight grayish brown is what I usually see.
     
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    Got amber more or less when I mixed mine and no problems. Watch for a yellowing indicating it's going bad.
     
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    The thing, though, is Xtol doesn't necessarily yellow when it's exhausted. Fresh mixed is a light straw color. Look for dark brown specks or clumping in the small packet. If there is, definitely test before committing valuable film.
     
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    Hi !
    Dump a film leader in the working strengh solution and during the time it soup into, load your tank, prepare other chemicals, etc...
    If during that time the film leader fails to turn black, dump your gone south Xtol and mix a fresh bath....
     
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    It appears to be the correct coloration, although I recall it being an amber colour when I first mixed it up.
     
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    I also have the amber color when mixing package A. it dissapears indeed when I throw Package B in the bucket.
    I always test with a small piece of film before doing some development. Better safe than sorry.
    X-tol is IMHO easy to mix lasts long enough to use it all. And best of all no mixing needed before every session.

    Cheers
     
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    Wow, I don't shoot that much film, but 5 liters still only lasts... 5-6 months? Who needs to keep it around 4-5 years?
     
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    Chazzy, it's normal, nothing to worry about. Another thing is always do a test before you use it like "Beer" said

    Alex W.
     
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    Tim,
    Should all we do in life be useful ? ;-)
    And bear in mind that one may have more than one favorite dev.
     
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    Maybe they use extra small tanks. I used to use a combi-plan T tank and it needed 1L of developer, so even at 1:1 I burned through a 5L package of XTOL mighty quickly.

    Then again, some friends came over last weekend and one of them brought his MF film that needed developing. The first roll came out, he looked at the images and made a comment about the girl in them being curious about the results - they were from February.