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    If you learn something confidential through your employment you cannot disclose it unless you have express consent to do so.

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    stumped with this film developer

    or it could have been written on a piece of paper and accidentally misplaced haha


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    Funny you say that. PE has said he had the name of the compound written on a piece of paper. As others have stated, the information belongs to Kodak so he could not disclose it.

    I wouldn't worry about it anyway, Stone. Microdol-X was not a magical developer.

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    Definitely good stuff, don't get me wrong. For a while I used a lot of Perceptol (which is either identical or nearly the same as Microdol) with TMX and Ilford Delta 100. One of the nice things about these D23-based developers is how dead consistent they are. The long development times at the 1+3 dilution (especially with TMX) also helped consistency.

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    Microdol-X may have contained a chemical to prevent sludging. This is a common problem with high solvent developers with re-use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    The exact formula for Microdol (Perceptol is assumed to be very similar if not identical) is proprietary, but is generally assumed to be:

    5g/L Metol
    100g/L Sodium Sulfite
    ~30g/L Sodium Chloride

    Microdol-X contained at least one additional ingredient - an anti-silvering/anti-plating agent which may or may not improve sharpness by inhibiting physical development. The ingredient is a trade secret. Anchell/Troop guess at it being a relatively weak agent, while others claim it is a Mercaptan. Who knows? PE does. But he can't disclose it.

    I can't help with your Autofine questions, other than to say it is unlikely Hydroquinone is the only developing agent unless it is a highly alkaline developer, otherwise it wouldn't work.
    Interesting that Microdol-X's true formula is not available. It makes me wonder how Freestyle can in good conscience sell their knockoff, LegacyPro Mic-X as a replacement for Microdol-X.

    Maybe they know something we don't? If they don't know the formula, how can they produce a substitute?
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