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    Anybody have experience with this developer? How does it compare to other two bath developers? Any info on the subject is greatly appreciated!

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    I think the creator of DiXactol has come out with a new one called Exactol. Supposedly an improvement.
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    I use Dixactol Ultra for 90% of all my Monochrome work, films used are Ilford Delta 100 & 400,HP5+ and FP4+ and am very happy with the results.
    I have also just tried first two rolls of Fuji Acros 100 and I think this may be the best.
    Dixactol data can be obtained from Barry Thorntons web site

    http://www.barry-thornton.co.uk

    hope this info is of use to you

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    >I think the creator of DiXactol has come out with a new one called Exactol. >Supposedly an improvement.

    Yes, you can read all about it's evolution in this month's Photo Techniques magazine.
    The new generation of his formulas (Exactol and Lux, and DiXactol-ultra) now contain Phenidone along with Pyrocatchenol/Glycin.
    Grain- it's a three dimensional problem.

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    Didn't the DiXactol give all the analog stuff up and start to spout D******? He seems like a snake oil salesman

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    >Didn't the DiXactol give all the analog stuff up and start to spout >D******? He seems like a snake oil salesman

    Yes and No.

    He has given up darkroom printing for D******* output. He does still start from an analog negative, but goes astray from there- at least according to his most recent postings and intro on his web site. Although, I wouldn't be suprised that he doesn't morph again in the near future. That's not to say I've heard anything bad about his line of developers- except they can only be bought direct from him (except DiXactol).
    Grain- it's a three dimensional problem.

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    I thought that Les posted once that he tried the developer and it was a diaster. Could be wrong.

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    I tried DiXactol in a very preliminary way, but gave up when my first couple of tries showed streaking. Now I'm using Pyrocat HD, another Pyrocat-based developer, which hasn't given me the same problem and, unlike DiXactol, is recommended for rotary processing, which I prefer.
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    This brings up an interesting thought ( at least to me). If you take Pyrocat-HD (which has Pyrocatchenol+Phenidone) and were to add Glycin- you could end up with Exactol/ DiXactol Ultra (which have [according to Barry's article]Pyrocatchenol+Glycin+Phenidone). Curiouser and curiouser. }:^)>
    Grain- it's a three dimensional problem.

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