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    Any good NON-fine developers?

    I see all these developers like Microfine, Super-Prodol, D-76, etc. but they're all fine grain developers. I'm looking for a dev that doesn't do that - I want Tri-X to look grainy and punchy like it did in the 60s. How do I go about doing that? What's a grainy developer?

    (I was told in another thread that I could make my own Rodinal ... well, it's not sold in Japan (at least, I couldn't find it anywhere) and the chemicals used to make it aren't readily available here either.)
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    You might try pushing the hell out of your film. That's what those guys were doing about half the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    I see all these developers like Microfine, Super-Prodol, D-76, etc. but they're all fine grain developers. I'm looking for a dev that doesn't do that - I want Tri-X to look grainy and punchy like it did in the 60s. How do I go about doing that? What's a grainy developer?

    (I was told in another thread that I could make my own Rodinal ... well, it's not sold in Japan (at least, I couldn't find it anywhere) and the chemicals used to make it aren't readily available here either.)
    Geoffrey Crawley designed his FX-16 developer to show the grain of high speed films while retaining excellent contour sharpness.

    You can make an excellent rodinal clone from the non-prescription headache medicine acetaminophen.

    acetaminophen is also known As N-acetyl-para-aminophenol or para-acetyl-amino-phenol.

    Try an APUG search for both of these.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/4...ast-400tx.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson View Post
    acetaminophen is also known As N-acetyl-para-aminophenol or para-acetyl-amino-phenol.
    Also known as paracetamol

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    Easiest solution is print developer, for example the times for Ilford PQ Universal are given here:
    http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.html
    Note that this is used 1+29 instead of the usual 1+9 for prints, Any other print developer can be used on the same basis, and the dilution can be increased to give a longer more controllable development time.

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    Dear IloveTLRs,

    If it is available to you, give Kodak T-Max developer a try. You won't get "golf balls" but you will easily see crisp grain in an 8x enlargement.

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    You can also dilute devs like D-76 to 1+3. I do this with slow films like Pan-F to bring out the sharpness in them. With Tri-X it will show more grain than the 1+0 dilution, but I don't know if it will it show enough for you?

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    Dektol makes for a grainy film developer.

    You could also try ABC pyro, if you can get the chemicals or order a kit from Photographer's Formulary.
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    Acufine?
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