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    Help with "New" Rodinal

    I just bought some Rodinal at Freestyle and when it came it was just a bottle with no real info. Does anyone have a "fact Sheet" from Agfa (assuming it really is the same).

    For those that have tried this version is it really the same - is it worth all the hype I have heard??? Any suggestions/Tips/Tricks/Caveats?

    I am really excited to see what everyone has been raving about.

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    Steve

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    I just got two bottles from freestyle today as well. Mine came with a few pages of info including processing times that don't match my previous Rodinal times. They are generally shorter than what I had before from about 2 years ago. I was glad to see the rodinal is a nice light amber color rather than the black coffee color of the R09.
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    I could look at the sheets of info if there is something you especially want to know.

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    New Rodinal

    I have been using Freestyle supplied Rodinal for quite a while, maybe a year?, and find tri x times about 6 minutes, HP5 about 8.5 minutes using it a 1/25.

    That gives pretty punchy negatives, which is my style. I think the 1/50, which I have not tried, would give longer scale and probably better for some images.

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    How about mixing? I have only used XTOL which gives VERY detailed instructions on mixing. How do I prepare for use? Is it simply adding 1 part Rodinal and 50 parts water, mixing then adding to the tank? Do I just mix right before use?

    What about stand developing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smo2 View Post
    How about mixing? I have only used XTOL which gives VERY detailed instructions on mixing. How do I prepare for use? Is it simply adding 1 part Rodinal and 50 parts water, mixing then adding to the tank? Do I just mix right before use?

    What about stand developing?
    Yes, one part Rodinal and 50 parts water.
    For a 16 ounce stainless steel tank, use 10ml Rodinal and water to make 16 ounces developer.
    For 1:25 dilution add 20 ml Rodinal and water to make 16 ounces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smo2 View Post
    Do I just mix right before use?
    Yes, mix what you need right before using it.

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    I didn't notice any difference when they re-introduced Rodinal. I ran out last week and had to use some R09 that was supposed to expire in June 2006 and that worked fine too I seem to remember that the timings published by Agfa were always a little bit dodgy...

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    More generally, for times check the Massive Dev Chart.

    If you're really desperate for "official" documentation, I've got a ~3-year-old bottle of Rodinal in my darkroom, complete with its original instruction sheet. I could scan that for you; however, between the Massive Dev Chart and the advice that's already been posted here, I doubt if there's anything of much importance in that original Agfa documentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Leake View Post
    I didn't notice any difference when they re-introduced Rodinal. I ran out last week and had to use some R09 that was supposed to expire in June 2006 and that worked fine too I seem to remember that the timings published by Agfa were always a little bit dodgy...
    Time kind of flies by for me. It is possible that I tacked the Rodinal times up on my wall as much as 5 years ago and I didn't put a date on it but the times on the instructions I recieved a couple days ago show some differences from the earlier instructions. If it was important to anyone I could post the differences but I doubt it is.
    Dennis

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