Processing errors with 4x5 BW negs

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  1. Tristan

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    I have considerably less hair on my head since Rodinal became extinct!
    With rodinal, I never had any problems with my technique in processing my 4x5 bw negs. Now, after advise and coaching from all over, I still get processing flaws.
    I'm using ID-11 / D76 and can't stand the fact that I have no control over its temperature.
    Am I the only one in the world who doesn't get on with D76?
    Are there any masters of 4x5 bw neg processing out there?
    How do you guys do it?
     
  2. Nick Zentena

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    What do you mean? :confused:

    D-76 is basically a standard. I use D-23 but that's me.
     
  3. Ian Grant

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    Rodinal's readily available, it never disappeared stocks just got extremely low. I used it for 5x4 for about 15 years with Tmax100 and APX100.

    There are plenty of alternatives to D76, I much prefer X-tol which I use on a replenishment basis. But I've switched to Pyrocat HD recently and its superb.

    So that's how I do it . . . . .

    Ian
     
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    rodinal,extinct???? freestyle photograpic.biz.agfa rodinal 17oz 11.99 4oz 7.99
    i have been thinking of using rodinal as a developer so i was suprised to see your post and went to freestyle to check my facts and yep it is still there.after i posted this i saw your location and i see why it may not be avaiable.it can only be shipped by ground in the states
     
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    Rodinal isn't extinct. It's still being producted by A&O Imaging Solutions and is probably distributed in the U.S. as well as any non-Kodak or non-Ilford film developer. Of course availabilty in outside of the US is something I don't know about.

    There are also older Rodinal formulas available from Calbe and Foma, marketed as 'R09'.
     
  6. pgomena

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    I never "got on" with D-76 either, though many will use nothing else. I imagine I'm more to blame than the developer. Rodinal is good stuff, but you may have to hunt around a bit to find it these days. It is available online at some of the major supply distributors. I know my local "pro" store doesn't stock it anymore.

    Peter Gomena
     
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    Rodinal is alive and well. As are the various R09 versions. And you can easily make your own Rodinal-like developer, Parodinal et. al.

    And I'm not sure what the problem is you are having with temperature control. Are you saying you can't physically control the temperature of the developer? Or are you not seeing the effect expected by an increase or decrease in temperature?

    D76 and its cousins are just about as simple to use as Rodinal and very forgiving. But it is important that if you are mixing up D76 from the yellow pouch (or a clone from it's own pouch) that you mix up the entire contents. Don't try to spoon out just enough powder. Mix all the stock and bottle it. Then dilute from stock.
     
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    Rodinal is in abundance in australia or so it seems, if you have any problems getting it let me know and i'll arrange to have some shipped over to you.

    ~steve Frizza
    The Lighthouse Lab
     
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    I have never used Rodinal. Am I missing out on something?

    I am currently a D-76 user. I mix it according to the instructions and develop my 4x5's in a Unicolor 8x10 drum on a drum roller. Usually I pay little attention to the specific temperature, relying on instinct. I use this developer over and over until I feel it's exhausted and still I get what I consider printable negatives. I think it is a good general purpose developer. No complaints from my department. If maintaining exact temperature is a problem, maybe an electric aquairum heater would work.:D
     
  11. Tom Hoskinson

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    Rodinal is a highly concentrated (stock solution) developer. You dilute it 100:1 OR 50:1 or ??:1 with water and develop your film, then dump the used developer ( i.e., you use the diluted Rodinal solution as a one-shot developer).
     
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