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    Rodinal w/HC-110

    I remember reading about a couple of folks (can't remember where now) who mixed up Rodinal and added a small shot of HC-110 syrup to it. Anyone here ever try it and can you share dilutions, times and experiences? TIA, Jim

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    Ok, now you're just tryin to get me confused! And here I was testing to keep them apart...
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    I have never heard of it...but I have both so I might give it a try...

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    I know there are folks who mix up rodinal and xtol....

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    I suppose you would have to compare the mixture with:

    Rodinal for half the time followed by HC-110 for half the time, and

    HC-110 followed by Rodinal..........

    Seriously, I have read of people who have done something like this with 2 dissimilar developers, but I don't remember the details. Maybe it was something like a full speed developer followed by a dilute compensating developer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_s
    I suppose you would have to compare the mixture with:

    Rodinal for half the time followed by HC-110 for half the time, and

    HC-110 followed by Rodinal..........

    Seriously, I have read of people who have done something like this with 2 dissimilar developers, but I don't remember the details. Maybe it was something like a full speed developer followed by a dilute compensating developer.

    I've thought of this (having two separate devs in two separate baths), but what got me curious was simply adding a small amount of HC-110 to an already existing Rodinal mix. I know I saw it somewhere...

    If no one here has tried it, I will try it like any Evil Scientist would!

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    and please let us know about results

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    Al Doyle, one of the big subminiature gurus (the one who allegedly sells counterfeit Minolta 16 cassettes) recommends (for microfilm in pictorial applications) a developer he calls "mixer" that is exactly that -- Rodinal 1:100 plus a few drops (in a couple ounces of working solution) of HC-110 stock solution; he claims the HC-110 adds latitude and film speed while the Rodinal preserves accutance. I haven't tried it, after finding that HC-110 Dilution G and greatly reduced agitation worked just fine with my microfilm (Imagelink HQ and Copex Rapid).

    My take on it is that mixing different developers will simply "muddy the water" -- you'll get a generic multi-agent developer instead of the distinctive appearance of Rodinal -- but I haven't actually tried it because I don't use Rodinal for anything else and so didn't have any around.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.



 

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