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    Just used the last of my Microdol-x, what is comparable?

    What is comparable to Microdol-x?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuad View Post
    What is comparable to Microdol-x?
    Some have reported good results with Freestyle Photo's LegacyPro Mic-X Film Developer.

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    I've been using Ilford Perceptol for my Minox work and find it is very similar to Microdol-X You might give that a try.
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    D23
    f/22 and be there.

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    thanks!

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    I happen to think that there is nothing Exactly like it, the mercapto used to make it X is unique although Percptol is close (and I'm sure it uses something similar). I'm under the impression that the same company that makes Kodak's chemistry is also making the Freestyle stuff, although since the X is and remains a trade secret I don't think its identical. If you look hard enough you can find old stock. Otherwise if you're not obsessively picky (like I am) then Perceptol will do.

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    There is nothing just like it. Perceptol may be closest. With modern films, Xtol would probably do a good job. If you mix your own, Defender 5-D and Windisch 665, while quite different, are worth a look.

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    Microdol-X is a Metol only developer. Such devs give very fine grain, but need a stop more light. All thes developers don't last very long if dissolved -the is no redox system which may protect the Metol.

    Other Metol only devs are Perceptol or Rollei RLS. RLS comes in fluid form and keeps not very long even in unopened bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
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    D25 gives much finer grain, both were published by Kodak at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piu58 View Post
    Microdol-X is a Metol only developer. Such devs give very fine grain, but need a stop more light. All thes developers don't last very long if dissolved -the is no redox system which may protect the Metol.

    Other Metol only devs are Perceptol or Rollei RLS. RLS comes in fluid form and keeps not very long even in unopened bottles.
    It's not the Metol that's causing the speed loss it's the lower pH and restraining effect of the relatively high level of Sodium Chloride.

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