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    Xtol packaging...

    Can anyone tell me the story behind Kodak's decision to only offer Xtol developer in five liter packages? I assume there's a reason for it, but I don't know what it is.

    As little film as I shoot, I'd be inclined to but several one liter packages and mix them as needed. The five liter volume is a lot more than I need, and I don't have a convenient means of storing it. I guess the best storage approach would be getting five one-liter bottles, but the developer would likely be several months old before I got to my last bottle.

    I just checked, and B&H currently lists D-76 and Microdol-X in both one liter and one gallon sizes. I've heard some horror stories from years past about Xtol mixed from the one liter packages having a very short life but, if they can package other developers in a one liter size, what's so tricky about Xtol?

    I liked Xtol as soon as I tried it, and was really pleased that Kodak made the investment necessary develop and market it. It would likely be the only developer I use, if it were packaged like Kodak's other b&w developers are.

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    Gary,
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    According to the current data guide, Xtol is available in 1 liter size. Maybe just not in America...
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...109/j109.jhtml

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    XTOL keeps well in bottles. Get some cheap glass bottles, tighten them up hermetically, and stop worrying about your developer being a few months old.

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    Use half liter bottles. It works great for many months.

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    Short answer. It keeps as well as D-76 provided you keep air away from it, at least six months. Don't worry about the 5L size.
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    IIRC there was a big quality-control problem with the 1 L packages (caking, sudden death of mixed developer) that led to Kodak removing them from the market entirely. Maybe Photo Engineer can provide more details.

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    Dear Gary,

    What all the others said. Several small bottles take up very little room in a reasonably small box and they seem (to me at least) to be more convenient that one large bottle.

    Neal Wydra

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    Use Foma EXCEL, available through Freestyle. It's reportedly an XTOL clone.

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    I thought that Kodak had resumed selling the one-liter packages a long time ago, using new packaging materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chazzy View Post
    I thought that Kodak had resumed selling the one-liter packages a long time ago, using new packaging materials.
    There's a current thread that touches on this subject at our good friends, photo.net. I did a search at Freestyle, Adorama and B&H for 1 liter X-Tol; no listing, but another poster thinks it might only be available in 1 liter sizes outside the US.
    http://photo.net/black-and-white-pho...g-forum/00QfxH
    Last edited by jim appleyard; 09-02-2008 at 04:38 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: added thread

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