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  1. #41

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    Rodinal is great stuff, and it has its own particular characteristics, just like any other developer. If you test it carefully and use it consistently, you will get good results. I find it to be a very clean, low-fog developer in normal use. It is a bit touchy in that it will quickly overdevelop highlights if you don't mind your time, temperature and agitation. So will any other developer used inconsistently. Read the highlighted articles posted above. The low-fog characteristics will disappear if you use it to push a high-speed film like Tri-X to 1600, however. Normal use and gentle agitation are key.

    Peter Gomena

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    A frame from my first time using rodinal...new to tri-x as well. I like this combo! 1+25


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Well there might be that, but there's also Ilford DD-X and Freestyle's house brand "LMAX" claims to be a knock off of T-Max. Not sure what the magic juice is in the RS, though it is clearly a little different, but only a little. For most purposes I could get by fine with D76, or even self mixed D23. The exception might be pushing TMZ but if Kodak goes away that isn't a consideration either, and I'm sure DD-X would do fine for Delta 3200.

    I didn't mean to knock Rodinal, really. Many people get fine results with it. I just meant to inject a dose of potential reality for someone apparently trying it for the first time not to expect miracles, or to assume they'll even like it. Certainly worth a try though. Heck, I know a lot more and have a lot more experience now than the last time I tried it so I got a bottle to have another go with it.
    D76 is easily made at home. Chems, scale, and hot water. 1/8 the price of Kodak package and you can make a liter at a time. Don`t worry about Kodak.

    DD_X is simply superb for Delta 400. Work better than anything else by a wide margin except for Xtol which loses by only a little.

    My bottle of Rodinal was put into glass bottle in 1998. Last years test proved it to be 97% good as fresh. I still liked the brown glass bottle with rubber membrane cover + plastic cap and you took out what you wanted with a hydermic syringe. Now I make do with a transfer pipette and 10 CC grad cylinder. Seems to work ok.

    I finally threw away that last 8 oz bottle which I kept refilling. The price tag was 89 cents from Altman Camera in Chicago. Altman was the B&H of Chicago. They sold everything photographic that was made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franswa View Post
    A frame from my first time using rodinal...new to tri-x as well. I like this combo! 1+25

    Franswa,

    It's probably just my monitor but I don't see a single true black in that image. I see this over and over again in "Rodinal images" with some kind of crazy secretive stand development at mystery dilutions. Perhaps it's just the scans, or my eyes.

    I've begun to use Rodinal and Tri-X just to see what it can do for me but I think there's some kind of limit to the amount of tonal compression an image can take before it begins to look a little, I don't know, skewed. I remember shooting tech pan and its extended red sensitivity always gave me images that were just not quite right to my eye.

    In any case, enjoy the experimentation and congrats on the fine first effort. (What is that edifice anyway?)

    s-a

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    We haven't heard much lately from the "High Priest" of the church of Rodinal. I hope Morten (modafoto) is okay .
    I am fine, but isn't that active when it comes to analog photo :-(

    I have just developed a few rolls and went in here afterwards. Great to see that I'm remembered.

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    Cool to see you around, man.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    There's a lot of BS and misunderstading flying around the net about rodinal.
    Like this magical 1:100 stand thing.
    First, 1:100 stand with hc110 is just as effective. As a matter of fact, hc110 is even more forgiving and flexible then rodinal. And why on earth do stand development? In the name of laziness?

    Rodinal is good but so is just about any other developer.

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    Rodinal has a special place in my heart. I was first inspired to become a photographer partly because of this brew. Just about 40 years ago I was in a friend's darkroom who had shot some photos using Rodinal to process his Tri-X. As I inspected the image closely I could see the "stuff" of the print - the beautiful sharp grain revealed in the print by the negative. For me it was a real moment.

    I've used Rodinal off & on mostly for personal work. Some of my clients found it made my prints a bit grainy but liked the look. Others didn't care for it. I'm mostly shooting digitally these days but Rodinal was instrumental in getting me into a vocation that I continue to love.

    Enjoy your Rodinal, baachitraka... and try a bunch of other combinations of film & developer. I'm just glad it's still being discovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Moravec View Post
    I finally threw away that last 8 oz bottle which I kept refilling. The price tag was 89 cents from Altman Camera in Chicago. Altman was the B&H of Chicago. They sold everything photographic that was made.
    Holy Smokes, Ron! There's a name I haven't heard in a while... Altman Camera. The friend mentioned above worked at Altman in Chicago. I still miss it. I remember the top floor was darkroom stuff. I'm pretty happy with Calumet though.

    Enough old guy talk...

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    Rodinal is one of the classic developers. It was the first developer I ever used and still is my main developer. It is practically foolproof unless you do stand developing (sorry). Looking back over all of the images I have made with it over the last two decades I have found that it produces the best negs at 1+25. I even recently started using it with 4x5 at 1+50 rotary processing in a Jobo and the negs are great. That is after years of using various Pyro formulas that are long on promise but short on delivery. If Rodinal is a cult then I am definitely a member.

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