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    Fine grain developer

    The Microdol X I'm using right now is beautiful. I love it. I've not yet gotten to the DK-50...but I will sooner, than later. Acufine is supposed to be a very good developer for fine grain and to give a pop to the negatives. If that pop is high contrast, I'm all for it. Otherwise, I'll accept the fine grain attributes. Are there any other developers for fine grain?

    If it helps, I use Legacy film, T-Maxx (worked great with the Microdol), Arista Premium, Fomapan 100, Kentmere (100/400) and most of the Ilford films, the slower the ISO the better.
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    You might want to try Kodak Xtol as well as the other developers you mentioned.

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    I can vouch for Kodak XTOL: I've just started using it, on a replenished basis, and I've been loving it. So far I've mostly been using it with Legacy Pro and T-Max. You can see the results here:
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    XTOL is my favorite developer. I can shoot most films at box speed and still preserve shadow detail.

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    Well, I ordered some Acufine and XTOL both. I've got 5 tins of DK-50 right now sitting in the tool closet. I'll mix some of that up once I get my hands on a 3 gallon jug. The Acufine and XTOL...I only ordered enough to make a liter of Acufine and a gallon of XTOL. I'm hoping the results will be close to the Microdol. I just wish Kodak hadn't discontinued the Microdol.
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    Acufine and Microdol_X are somehat different. Acufine is best for speed enhancing, available light type use. I used to use it for pushing Tri-X a stop or so, and was very happy with results. Microdol_X is a speed losing fine grain enhancing developer.

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    I agree with all the positive verdicts about Kodak Xtol and Ilford DD-X . I have used them both with excelent results but I still belive that Ilford Perceptol is the one developer that is closest in characteristics to Kodak Microdol X . I enclose links to Ilford's Perceptol presentation and to their equivalent charts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john_s View Post
    Acufine and Microdol_X are somehat different. Acufine is best for speed enhancing, available light type use. I used to use it for pushing Tri-X a stop or so, and was very happy with results. Microdol_X is a speed losing fine grain enhancing developer.
    I did a research project on film developers and films back in the mid 1980's using Kodak step wedge negs, a calibrated light source, a calibrated shutter on the enlarger, and a densitometer. Prior to that I had used Microdol-X diluted 1:3 as one of my favorite developers with Plus-X and Tri-X. I had noticed that a good print usually needed to be printed on Grade 3 1/2 VC paper which seemed a bit far, but the results looked good. The study showed the loss of speed you mentioned, and I found that Tri-X was functioning at ISO 100. Nice grain but a thin neg. The two stop loss of speed seemed a bit much, so I phased out using that combination. I've been out of the darkroom so much over the last few years that I hadn't realized Microdol was discontinued.

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    There is also D-23 which has the advantage of being cheap and easy to mix -- only two ingredients. I particularly like it with Ilford Pan F+.
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