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Subject: Re: [Leica] Xtol dilutions
From: Rei Shinozuka <>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 12:41:24 -0400
References: <000201c374d6$7acaa4b0$6401a8c0@dorysrusp4>

here's a trick i use to get a lot of developer in a small tank.
i mix up twice the volume of the tank, and during the agitation
period corresponding to the middle to the development time, (or
the one before that if it does not fall in the middle,).  it may
not be excatly the same as using a giant tank and all the developer
at once, but it generally seems to work well for me.  i have no
problem using 1+3 even with films like delta 3200.

i haven't used TMAX, because lately i've been on an ilford diet
(with the exception of Neopan1600) but the i've been on a bulk-loading binge 
lately and you can get TMZ  in 100' rolls...

- -rei

On Sat, Sep 06, 2003 at 08:25:02PM -0400, Don Dory wrote:
> Until last night I have been pretty careful to use 100ml stock solution
> per 36exp equivalent running Xtol at 1:3.  Last night I was faced with 6
> rolls of film after midnight with an early am delivery time for prints.
> Sooo, in went six rolls in an eight roll tank with whatever fit for
> 500ml stock and 1500ml water.
> The results at least for Neopan 1600 were very good.  Grain was tighter
> and smoother at the same time without that Microdol look.  Contrast was
> very good considering the standard one spot stage lighting.  I believe
> that I will try the Mark Rabinor dilution for Across to see if the
> results are the same for this film.
> Mark uses approximately 67mm stock per roll and has been praising this
> combination for several years.  Just don't add oxygen, or other trace
> minerals.  Darkness is OK, but avoid tap water unless you live next door
> to Mark.  Then tap water is OK.  Definitely don't use Atlanta tap water.
> Oh, it was my daughter behind the camera and it was non Leica so it is
> up to her if she wants to post any images.
> Don
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