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    9 instead of 6...

    Does it hurt things to develop longer than prescribed?

    I ran a roll of TriX 400 through my newly received Brownie Hawkeye. I flipped the lens in the camera and couldn't wait, so I blew a roll around the house.

    I developed it in XTOL which states to develop at 6.25 mins for the 120 roll. Well I went nearly 2 minutes longer than I should have... I figured if I was experimenting, why not try this too?

    The negs seem much denser than I'm used to. Is this a good thing or bad?

    I didn't check temps of the chemicals but the house is between 70-75 so I should be near the prescribed temp.

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    i love bullet proof negatives.
    some are hard to SKn, but they print like a dream.

    xtol, for me at least, was nearly impossible to over develop ..
    when i used to use it, sometimes i would over develop my film
    by more than what you did, and it seemed like it didn't do anything ...

    have fun !
    john

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    It makes for luscious slightly dense and contrasty negatives that beg to be printed.
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    I would suggest that development charts should be considered only as a guide, rather than a rule. A variable number of factors can affect any given development of film or print. As you increase temperature and/or time, you not only increase density and contrast, but grain size. My advice would be to determine what works for you, refine and fine tune it and then stick with it, over and over and over again.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    I've always gone by what the box prescribes, and never varied from the instructions. But I'm seriously liking the look of these negs so far. I'm hoping they are dry enough for a scan this evening.

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    Someone used the "S" word, tut-tut. Negatives were meant to be printed in the traditional manner.
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    And normally they would be, however because of my impending relocation, my darkroom has been packed up waiting on the move.

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    If you were a tad closer you could just pop over and use my DR.
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    Well, negatives from a simple camera are meant to be dense... So it probably is a good strategy to develop long...

    I'd only caution you to make separate test strips for each print, I made a few too many 11x14 test prints last weekend because I assumed two shots adjacent to each other would print the same.

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    I like a denser negative myself too, and Xtol is some yummy soup. It should be fine, nice and contrasty, which would help if you didnt use a filter.

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