I recently found a stash of Agfa Neutol at my community darkroom and I was thinking of using it. I normally use Dektol and Selectol soft.
The containers aer all new and sealed.
I plan on using it with Ilford Warm tone fiber paper.
Any thoughts or advice?
I use it alot & on various papers from Azo to Oriental Seagull at 1:7 ratio. Recently having been using it in combo with a harder developer ( Edwal Ultra Black) & like the results. Gives increased contrast control even with graded papers.
i use the neatol WA on ilford FB WT and AZO and quite like teh results too.. 1+11 gives warmer tone on AZO then 1+7..
Never had a bad experience with it. I was using Dektol and Selectol Soft before, but there was a noticeable difference for the better with Neutol. Keeps a lot longer than Selectol Soft, not quite as long as Dektol.
I have also used Neutol for a large number of years now @ 1:7 with a varity of RC and FB papers. It keeps very well and seems to improve with age in a Nova tank with just being topped up. Results are always consistant and excellent. I hope they never phase it out!
I have always used this or bromorphen. I really like Neutol 1:11 on ilford FB WT - gives lovely rich blacks which appear quite rapidly in the tray, then the highlights build really slowly so there is a good opportunity to "grab" the print if you want to prematurely end the development for any reason.
I'm not overly keen on using it with MGFB neutral paper though - it has an unpleasant greenish tinge, although this is easily removed with a dip in selenium 1:15 ish.
I think Barry Thornton used to keep a bottle of "old Brown" neutol and would mix this with fresh developer to give a richer warm tone and less contrasty working solution - I have some to try this but havnt got round to it yet so cant comment on it's effect.
I liked Neutol WA, but recently replaced it with Ethol LPD 1+7
Using Neutol is kinda straightforward, the results you'll get maybe a bit different than the previous you got though.
As it has benn said the old-brown technique works really good with this one, i.e. when is exhausted dump 2/3 of the working solution and replenish with new Neutol.