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Thread: XTOL and grain

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    Is your "1:2" dilution 1+1 or 1+2? I hate the colon as dilution nomenclature because in a lab, 1:2 dilution means 1+1, whereas in photography it usually means 1+2. So if you're really doing 1+2, you're diluting out the solvent effect of Xtol. Your negs will be sharper and grainier. Straight Xtol will produce a solvent effect that dissolves the edges of your grain and redeposits them--so the grain is softer (at the expense of some sharpnness). Make sure you're not overdeveloping the negatives, because overdevelopment makes film go grainy very fast. If you're shooting at an EI of 200, you just might be underexposing and overdeveloping. Try an EI of 100 and back off on the development time. You can also try using Pyro which allows you to build up density with stain--allowing shorter development and less grain. Good luck.

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    You use the wrong film if you do not like the grain, its the first outpoint!
    XTOL should not have been diluted is the 2. one!
    Use of TMX 100/400 or Delta 100/400 or Fuji Acros 100 and XTOL undiluted and you are on the safe side!
    Just my 2 Swiss francs!
    Armin J. Seeholzer
    Good light and nice shadows!

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