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Subject: Re: [Leica] experiments in the limits of XTol
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 09:39:30 -0800
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Brian Reid wrote:
> > I think it's possible the film never made it though the camera.
> Me, too, but if you develop a new roll of film, it will still have frame
> numbers and the Kodak trademark. And I had a second roll of Tmax 3200 in
> the same tank that came out fine.

Brian Then I'm glad that this is not going to be a "Dreaded Xtol
Failure" case which you always hear endlessly summoned up on the
darkroom Newsgroups.

But then its impossible to nail these guys down as to how they stored
their Xtol.
A few of those big darkroom Guru types over there will say things like
"A great developer if you don't care if your film comes out or not."
It's an issue that dwarfs UV filter use or Bokeh! :)

It's never failed me and it's getting to be quite a few years I've been
using the stuff.

I LOVE having 1600 film look like 400. 400 like 100. And 100 like slow film.

I'm pretty sure those collapsible accordion style plastic bottles you
get in camera stores can't be trusted with Xtol.

The bottom line is you just cant trust the stuff overnight in a
partially filled container.
So i just don't do that. 
But you gotta get some little bottles.
And you gotta know the territory!

Mark Rabiner
Portland, Oregon USA
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