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    While we're talking about Aculux and FX-15. I've wanted to try these both and have always wondered if Aculux and Aculux 2 are descendants of FX-15 or entirely new developers. Aculux certainly seemed to fill the FX-15 sized gap in the Patterson line. Similar at least?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldie
    Thanks for that.
    By 'agitation once per minute', do you meant just one inversion cycle per minute?
    How much agitation to get things started?
    I should have said that I agitate about 15 seconds at the beginning, ending with a shake and a rap on the counter. I agitate for 5 seconds ( 3 inversions ) every minute.

    ( I use a kinderman tank, with hewes reels, and it is very efficient.
    With paterson tanks, maybe 10 seconds would be better, as it seemes to take longer to make the 3 inversions ... no real reason, it works. )
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    Yeah, I'm using Paterson tanks & no way could I invert 3 times in 5 seconds.
    Thanks for the extra info, now I have a good starting point to test some film.
    Strangely enough, it sounds like the method & time will be very close to my current Xtol 1:2 regimen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMfoto
    Aculux 2 question: I'm tempted to try this developer. How solvent is it, say, compared to XTOL at a given dilution? Does it give a crisp grain rendition with medium speed films? Hard to answer question I suppose...
    In my experience Aculux2 has better tonality (beautiful creamy tonality) than Xtol and is sharper. It has long life storage (up to 6 months) as long as you decant it in to small full glass bottles - if you leave it in the original red bottle it will go yellow within 3 months and be useless.

    In terms of grain, with Neopan and Delta 400 when properly exposed there is very little grain. The downside of Aculux2 (always has to be a trade off) is that in my experience it is a poor push developer and likes to have films rated 2/3's of their ISO speed.

    I agree with df in placing Aculux2 between Rodinal and Xtol.

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    Ill second Aculux 2 for being a great all rounder and the comments are dead on. Tonality is the best I have ever seen, speed acceptable and no worse than D76 1+1, acutance pretty good for a smoothie and dead simple to use as well as being cheap and lasting OK. I went for FX39 as an option as you already have some.

    Personally, for when pyrocat HD aint about (not now as I am moving about every 5 mins) I use Aculux 2 and FX 39 and am VERY happy. I use other things only when I cannot get these. Truly superb and so undervalued for reasons I don't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgrattan
    Calbe A49 works wonderfully with Neopan 400. The tonality and grain are wonderful.
    What sort of times/ dilutions are you using?

    All help much appreciated

    Lachlan

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    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell

    Works exceedingly well with higher dilutions, and minimal agitation.
    What sort of dilutions/ times are you using?

    All help much appreciated,

    Lachlan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
    What sort of dilutions/ times are you using?

    All help much appreciated,

    Lachlan
    I started with Paterson suggestions: 1+9, 1+15; can't think of a better beginning.
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    OK, I tried Aculux 2, 1+9 for 12 mins, @ 20C. The results are less than stunning.... the tonality is washed out and grey, acutance is terrible. I agitated normally (inversions) for the 1st min and then used very gentle, non-inverting agitation for 10 secs every 1 min after that.

    What did I do wrong?

    The negs can be salvaged, but I don't like the look of them through the scanner. No idea what they're like to print yet as I haven't dragged out my enlarger for a while.

    Jin

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    First post.

    Neopan 400 is my standard film, and I've had pleasing (but different) results in Rodinal and Aculux. However, my very best results - fine grain, and pleasing tonality - have been with D76 (neat, not 1:1).

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