I use it 1+3 because I like the way it looks. I use a two reel tank for one roll, 4 oz XTOL and 12 oz water.
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah.
How do different dilutions affect the neg? I use xtol 1+2 with acros - love it. Curious what straight or even 1+1 or 1+3 would do, if anything?
Cheers guys! You have all been very helpful!
I scan all of my film so I guess 1+1 (!) will be best for that as I will have lower contrast than with the more diluted solutions, but will only use half the amount of developer compared to using the stock solution.
I used the stock solution for my first test and got this with TMX:
and this with Fomapan 200 @ 200:
I have experimented with several developers and films, but would like to concentrate on only using a few and learning to use them well. I think XTOL will be one of the few developers I'll keep using. The others I will keep using are HC-110 (for simplicity, and because I have a nearly full bottle) and maybe T-Max, but I'm unsure about the T-Max, as XTOL seems to be as good, but slightly more of a hassle to prepare.
For film I think I'll stick to TMX, Y, Z, Tri-X, Fomapan 100 (cheap!), the odd slow film like Efke KB 25 and some colour neg and slide film when I need colour.
I have got FP4+ in my camera now and a roll of Acros 100 that's waiting to be shot, so if I like them I might add one or both of them to my list. Does my plan sound reasonable?
Hi Francis - that sounds like a lot of different films to keep track of - with that many options, I'd fear that learning effects would be difficult to attain. Why not settle for just one slow film, one medium fast, one really fast? Learn those by heart, then move on (if you want to, that is).
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For pushing film, can I use dilutions like 1+1, or should I use the stock solution for pushing?
I sometimes shoot TMZ @ 3200 and 6400.
The effective speed gained by Xtol increases slightly as the developer is diluted. Therefore, it should be a better choice. In any case, Kodak provides excellent documentation. All the push processing information you'd like to have and more.
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Instructions? Yes, I use those when I dissolve powder to make stock solution.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Everything else I do is based on testing. I'll add development time to increase the tonal range of flat subjects and decrease to tame high contrast. And that's easier to control when my development times are a bit longer.
You gotta be kidding me. How does 1+0 waste less solution than 1+1? You trade grain for acutance in the end (less dissolve/re-plate in 1+0). The results are nearly the same.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
Another vote for the 1+1 dilution.
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