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    I have used the Rodinal/XTol combination and like it a lot. I stumbled upon it in the work of Robert Vincent (_Honus_ on flickr & RFF), and he got it from an APUG thread.

    One of the beautiful things about Rodinal, IMO, is that for a given concentration most films have the same development time. I've found this the case for 1:100, at least. At that dilution, TX400, TMY2, TMX, APX 100 and FP-4+ all do well @ 20 min/20C. (YMMV, test for individual circumstances, offer not valid in all countries, yadda, yadda.) This makes processing a whole backlog of film a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Dunbar View Post
    One of the beautiful things about Rodinal, IMO, is that for a given concentration most films have the same development time. I've found this the case for 1:100, at least. .
    I'd have to agree, but it's also pretty much the same with Pyrocat HD

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    for me also.
    my films and pyrocat HD are also the same time developed.
    fp4+ / adox chs 100 / fuji acros (all 4x5")

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    Rodinal Is a...

    ...high acutance developer meaning is resolves fine tonalities well. I love the stuff but it's been years since I've done any wet process B&W work.

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    Ian & Willie: Good to know. I've been giving Pyrocat HD some thought recently, especially for LF work. It's just hard for me to balance more than a couple of developers. I'm so used to Rodinal, and I've been doing a bit of work with XTol on its own. Late this year I'll likely be getting some Harvey's 777 for a small tank line. Too many developers, too little time.
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    I may start B&W developing and after knowing that 1l of D76/ID11 may develop just a few films, I'm more interested in rodinal. Seems like a 500ml bottle may be able to develop a good quantity of films; 30, 60?
    How good are it's keeping properties after opening the bottle? I've read about a year, and some say even decades!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prest_400 View Post
    I may start B&W developing and after knowing that 1l of D76/ID11 may develop just a few films, I'm more interested in rodinal. Seems like a 500ml bottle may be able to develop a good quantity of films; 30, 60?
    How good are it's keeping properties after opening the bottle? I've read about a year, and some say even decades!
    Number of films depends on dilution. Typically 1:25, 1:50, or 1:100. Once opened it will last longer than you might ever imagine. There are tales of many decades, just strain out the chunky crystals that form.

    At something like $16 a bottle it's a small investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Dunbar View Post
    Ian & Willie: Good to know. I've been giving Pyrocat HD some thought recently, especially for LF work. It's just hard for me to balance more than a couple of developers. I'm so used to Rodinal, and I've been doing a bit of work with XTol on its own. Late this year I'll likely be getting some Harvey's 777 for a small tank line. Too many developers, too little time.
    Fomapan films are the only exception, I should have added that earlier, they require about 2/3rds the dev time of other films or end up very contrasty.

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    Go for it Prest. At 1+50 and assuming that 300ml of solution is all you need (at least for my Jobo tank) it will process 80+ films (6ml per 135 film). It doesn't cost much and it can be stored for a long time after it's opened. If you ever get bored, just put it at the shelf and you can use it again whenever you want. FYI, it cost me 14,5€ about a year and a half ago. Try it with APX100. Brilliant stuff.

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