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    Thinking of a change - need more contrast

    I've been using Rodinol at 1/50 dilution to develop FP4 film and to be honest could do with a bit more contrast in my negatives. My stock of film and Rodinol is just about finished so i need to replace soon - not sure what to go with to give me more contrast any ideas? oh BTW I'm shooting with a Bronny SQAi and a 1950s Zeiss Ikon Nettar and in 35mm land a Nikon F4.

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    How about D76 at 1:1

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    Less exposure and more processing time (within moderation). Or you could try Rodinal at 1:25, or ID11 1+1 (basically the same as D76, as per post #2). Or even raw Dektol, if one wants to get silly about it!

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    develop longer or give HC110 and play with the dilutions

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    Thinking of a change - need more contrast

    Use the Rodinal at 1+25.
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    Dektol 1+5 to 1+7 should give you plenty of contrast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    develop longer or give HC110 and play with the dilutions
    +1.
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    Increase development time by 25% to increase contrast. No need to change developers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    Dektol 1+5 to 1+7 should give you plenty of contrast.
    Ha, yes and at 1:2 it's almost like lith.

    PE wrote me the rule of thumb when it comes to Dektol for film... Time same as dilution...

    1+5 for 5 minutes
    1+7 for 7 minutes

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    "Rodinal can be used for contrast control by varying the dilution, allowing you to use a single bottle to produce negatives to suit your requirements. The recommended 1+50 diluton produces crisp negatives of normal contrast with slightly more obvious grain than standard fine-grain developers. Lower dilutions (eg. 1+25) produce high contrast images; whereas at higher dilutions (eg. 1+75 or 1+100) Rodinal has a compensating effect and can be used to render high contrast scenes with normal contrast."

    All right here:

    http://www.digitaltruth.com/store/ca...nal-500ml.html
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