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Subject: Re: [Leica] Follow up on Xtol dilutions
From: Rei Shinozuka <>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 10:51:31 -0400
References: <000001c375be$adda3260$6401a8c0@dorysrusp4> <>

i do the twist too, but i don't at all recall where i picked it up. 
the only bad thing is that it takes 2 hands and you can't do 2 tanks
at the same time.  not really a problem, i just do one tank and then 
the other.

except combi tanks--just invert.

- -rei

On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 06:18:53AM -0700, Mark Rabiner wrote:
> Don Dory wrote:
> > 
> > Mark,
> > You are absolutely correct as to only changing one variable at a time.
> > I am putting this Xtol thing up as I am finding a significant
> > improvement in my negatives shot in the same way, in the same places,
> > with the same lens.  Neopan 1600 is such a good film with my previous
> > practice that I have been surprised by the improvement with such a
> > simple change.  It makes the extra ten minutes or so shaking the film
> > worth while.
> > 
> > As to the twist, I got into the habit of twisting the can while
> > inverting because I didn't want to process the big tanks in the dark.
> > Proper technique was always to use the rod to lift the reels up, twist,
> > and dunk again.  By turning and inverting I could keep the lights on and
> > carry on a conversation.
> > 
> > Don
> I think you're supposed to twist. It's a brooks thing. Jim does it. I do
> it (but no brooks).
> I do lights on but i stay away from conversations when i run big tanks
> of flim.

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Rei Shinozuka
Ridgewood, New Jersey

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