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    Microdol-X

    I have some Microdol-X that was given to me. I have always used HC-110 and have standardized very well with it. I was just wandering if anyone else has used this developer and what their thoughts were. I shoot 120 Plus-X and Tri-X exclusively?

    Thanks in advance. Chuck

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    In general, Microdol-X is considered a "fine grain" developer, and HC-110 is considered somewhat of a "standard grain" developer. I believe Microdol-X has some silver haliade dissolving capability, thus rendering the edges of the grains in the emulsion softer, at some expense to overall film speed. I haven't used it in years, but as I recall, you do not get full emulsion speed.

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    I would not use it - you shoot 120 film - if you shot 35mm film, that would be different - It is very high solvent and your negs will be comparitively mushy - you will also loose one stop - shoot at 200. If I need to use a high solvent developer, I use Microphen, at least then I get full film speed and the ability to push process. There has been some amazing work done with 35mm tri-x and Microdol X - I have seen 16x20s that were beatiful. But .... Not as sharp as I am accustomed to using 120 film and pyrocat-p.
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    It's a question of what dilution you use. Straight you'll get mush and the speed hit, but by the time you get to 1:3, much of the fine-grain/solvent effect disappeares. Like any other developer, learn its tricks and it'll serve you well.

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    I've used it quite a bit with 120 at the 1:3 dilution with very nice results. I switched to it when Perceptol went off the market, but have gone back to Perceptol now that it is available again - I like Microdol-X, but prefer Perceptol given the choice. For what it's worth, I used it with Tri-X and HP5+...

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    Perceptol is Ilford's version of Microdol-X. The current versions of these two developers produce similar/identical results.

    Diluted 1 part stock to 3 parts water, then most of the solvent effects are gone and both these developers will produce an acutance result.

    There are a lot of APUG posts/threads on Microdol-X, do an APUG search.
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    Chuck there are quite a few threads on here discussing and comparing Microdol. Do a search and check them out. Quite interesting. This at one time was my favorite developer. But then, I was using it on Pan-X...
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    I've always liked Mic-X, a rather versatile dev; use it straight or dilute. It's always fgiven me easy to print negs, but I have never noticed that they are mushy.



 

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