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    Modern developer for 35mm Panatomic-X?

    In my early days of 35mm photography I got some lovely results with Panatomic-X.
    IIRC I souped it in Microdol-X, my standard developer then.

    Recently I decided to give in to nostalgia. I just won an eBay auction for a 100' roll of Panatomic-X!

    Since Kodak Microdol-X is no longer available I'm not sure what developer to use.

    Is the Legacy Pro Microdol-X clone any good? How about Tetenal Neofin Blue?
    I have a bottle of HC110. Is there some dilution that would give me good results?

    Any suggestions for a modern off-the-shelf developer for my old film?
    EI to shoot at and development time appreciated, too.

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    I've been souping my Panatomic-X in Xtol 1+1 for 7.5 minutes at 68F (20C). I got this time off Flickr, seems to work rather well.



    According to the datasheet I have for the film...
    D-76 (Stock) 7 minutes at 68F
    D-76 (1+1) 9 minutes at 68F
    HC-110 (A) 2.75 minutes at 68F
    HC-110 (B) 4.5 minutes at 68F
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    true love

    I absolutely adored Panatomic-X and used to soup in Rodinal. I hear the "new" Rodinal might be different from the old one, but I don't know. Good luck with a great project.

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    I always used Tetenol Neofin Blue, available @ Freestyle--best film/dev combo that I ever used!

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    I've also got a roll to use up (unfortunately only a single 135-20), so thanks for those replies from me too.
    I've got Perceptol, Microphen, and Xtol packets all as unmixed powder, and always have rodinal (adonal) on hand. (And I can always try something new)

    Given how old it is (mine is exp 1970 or something), what would be best to cut through the 40+ years of fog?
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

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    I used D-76 - can't remember if it was straight or 1:1 - maybe both

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    I use D-76 1:1 and find I still get the rated speed, 32.

    35mm, 7 minutes at 68-degrees F gives me 0.48 CI, a little low for my taste so I'd develop longer 0.27 B+F (I don't think it's all fog, I think it's a tinted base for antihalation).
    120, 9 minutes at 68-degrees F gives me 0.51 CI, OK but still could develop longer. 0.18 B+F.

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    Use Microdol home brew Only need Elon, sulfite and Kosher salt. I'm happy with it.

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    For many years my favorite combination was Pan-X and the Beutler developer. It was a superb combination. Negatives were tack sharp and produced prints with exceptional detail. Such developers as Microdol are intended to soften the grain of medium and fast films. Slow films need an acutance developer to bring out their best.
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    Yeah, Beutlers is nice, particularly with the higher contrast slow films. Microdol and Beutlers are my go-to developers.

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