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    Developing agfa apx400@200 with dektol

    Hey,

    Yet another film developing question. I didn't find any usefull info on the net so I turn to apug
    Has anyone tried this and if so what developing times and dilutions did you come up with ?

    thanks !

    P.S.: I already mixed the dektol to a working solution of 1+1
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    Just to make sure....

    dektol is for paper
    xtol is for film

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    I know dektol is meant for paper, but it's possible to develop film with dektol. It's gonna be very grainy, but that's what I'm going for

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    Ok, the negatives are rinsing atm. I developed for 3mins and gave them 5s/min agitation. The dilution I used was 1:2.
    I think they came out fine, but maybe slightly overdeveloped, I'll have to see..

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    Hi there,

    In the past I have dev'd HP5 Plus in Dektol 1+9 @ 20 deg C for 5 min, and it gave a nice contrasty and GRAINY look in the print (35mm HP5+ enlarged to 8x10). Tried same with both TMAX400 and Delta 400 35mm - contrast was up but grain disappointingly fine! Yes, I would use the HP5+ combo again for 'good' grain.

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    The apx(@200) gave me ok grain, nothing too spectacular though. I'll push to 1600 next time, and use a more diluted solution. This will increase the developing time which will contribute to grain aswell.

    Thanks for your input TonyR !

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    It used to be quite common to develop negs in Dektol...either go 1+9 for something resembling normal or, try 1+3 or 1+4 for push processing. It is quite useful. I think there are a few here who frequently develop film in dektol. jnanian comes to mind.

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    Try 1:23

    Seriously.

    Not long ago I came across an old Shutterbug story about DIY sensitometry. There were a couple of small shots of a house using different developers. One was 1:23 in Dektol. I swear, it had the best tonality of the bunch, whatever could be gleaned off of that old newsprint. No mention of development times, nor how they came up with 1:23.

    It will never be fine grain, of course, cuz that 80 grams of sulfite is spread mighty thin. Probably very high acutence.

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    Hey Paul,

    Do you happen to know what the according dev time would be for lets say TMY-2 pushed to 1600 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    It used to be quite common to develop negs in Dektol...either go 1+9 for something resembling normal or, try 1+3 or 1+4 for push processing. It is quite useful. I think there are a few here who frequently develop film in dektol. jnanian comes to mind.
    Actually, John develops film in diluted Ansco 130. I occasionally do so, as well.
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