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    T-Max or Rodinal for T-Max Film

    Hi All,

    I've been using T-Max developer to develop T-Max 100 ISO film. However, I was speaking with someone and they suggested Rodinal at 1:50 dilution would get me better tonal range and minimal grain (e.g. little to no visible grain). The goal is to minimize grain and ensure I get the good tonal range.

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    Should I stick with T-Max developer or would Rodinal allow me to obtain the results I'm looking for?
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    I've used Rodinal and TMax before with good results. But I LIKE grain!

    I don't shoot portraiture, where grain would be an issue...

    You may want to look elsewhere if you want to lessen grain....
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    D-76 for T-Max

    I find that D-76 straight is best, not the 1:1 dilution for T-Max

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapshot View Post
    Hi All,

    I've been using T-Max developer to develop T-Max 100 ISO film. However, I was speaking with someone and they suggested Rodinal at 1:50 dilution would get me better tonal range and minimal grain (e.g. little to no visible grain). The goal is to minimize grain and ensure I get the good tonal range.

    The question is...

    Should I stick with T-Max developer or would Rodinal allow me to obtain the results I'm looking for?
    XTOL or T-MAX developer will produce excellent negs that print easily, but you need to be assiduos with your processing technique with this film regardless of which developer you choose.

    As for Rodinal with T-Max 100 - why bother with T-Max 100 with that developer.
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    I really like T-Max and Rodinal 1:50 and 1:75 dilution. I didn't especially care for T-Max and T-Max developer.

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    For years I tried to coax good images out of T-grained films, mostly using T-Max 100 and T-Max dev. and I could never get what I wanted. I went back to traditional grained films.

    However, the best T-Max negs I ever got were souped in Rodinal. Yes, Rodinal shows all the grain, but T-Max 100 is pretty grainless, so you should come out in the middle with, IMHO, a lot more tonality than T-Max dev can give you.

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    Dear Snapshot,

    There is no magic bullet, but looking for one can be fun. While you are looking, keep in mind that beautiful photos have been made with every combination of well known film and developer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapshot View Post
    Hi All,

    I've been using T-Max developer to develop T-Max 100 ISO film. However, I was speaking with someone and they suggested Rodinal at 1:50 dilution would get me better tonal range and minimal grain (e.g. little to no visible grain). The goal is to minimize grain and ensure I get the good tonal range.

    The question is...

    Should I stick with T-Max developer or would Rodinal allow me to obtain the results I'm looking for?
    Xtol
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    Well, considering that Rodinal is cheap and so is film (relatively speaking) I could experiment. Sounds like Rodinal is worth a try and if I don't like it for T-Max I can use it with Tri-X or the other Ilford films that I use.

    Thanks everyone for your responses!

    Anthony
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