Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/08/22

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Subject: [Leica] Leica themed dog's name
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:32:48 -0400

I see that's what WIKI says Metol is.
I wanted to memorize at least one long chemical name and that was the one I
picked. But I had it from the Kodak bottle:
I can spout that out on the sidewalk just like I can say:
Supercalafragilisticexpealadocious. Which does no good for your highlights.
On the Kodak  bottle it says "Elon" who was superman's hamster back on

Synonyms are:

Methylaminophenol Sulfate
Monomethyl-p-Amino-Phenol Sulfate
p-Hydroxymethylaniline Sulfate
Photo-Rex (woof!)
Photol (Merck)
Pictol ( Mallinckrodt)
Planetol (from the darkroom cookbook I promise)
Rhodol (DuPont)
Veritol (Defender)

If you're going to play photo chemical Scrabble this is the one to know. Or
writing DC comic books.
Generally when people run into trouble in the darkroom allergy's wise this
is the culprit. By any name.
Many who get Metol reaction have to quit darkroom work is the story.
Though I would think they could change to Phenidone.
Ilford' s thing which works with Hydroquinone like Metol does
Super additively.
The low contrast component.

Its my favorite developing agent.
More properly called a "reducer" as it reduces silver salts to silver.

Its used ALONE with no hydroquinone its D-23 for your negs or Selectol Soft
for your prints.
Marvelous print color almost without toning. And marvelous negative
gradation on most films with the notable exception of Tri x. which hates the
stuff at any dilution.

Mark William Rabiner
mark at

> From: leo wesson <leowesson at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:43:50 -0500
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica themed dog's name
> How about "monomethylparaaminopheolsulphate"?
> Call em Metol for short.
> Thanks!
> Leo Wesson
> 817.733.9157
> On Aug 22, 2010, at 7:39 PM, Lawrence Zeitlin <lrzeitlin at> 
> wrote:
>> How come n one suggested "Oskar" or "Barnack" for a Leica themed dog's 
>> name.
>> Both are easy to pronounce and have hard consonants in them which are easy
>> for a dog to recognize. When I was a graduate student taking a course in
>> advanced physics I named my dog "Albert."
>> Larry Z
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