Nov 28, 2011 · XTOL Film Developer XTOL is a "fine grain" film developer providing excellent film speed (shadow detail) that comes in two-part powder form. You dissolve the powders sequentially in warm water to make a stock solution that can be stored for a few months in full PETE or glass bottles.
Xtol is a great black and white developer that uses less harsh chemicals that are safer putting down the drain. Mixing is easy as long as you take your time to make sure that all of A is mixed into the water before the B is added. Should last 6 months if kept in an airtight container. Great results with B&W film.
Film and chemistry is cheap, once in a lifetime shots aren't. The older tins of developer are typically considered totally shelf stable if they're not damaged, and are potentially good for decades. The newer foil packets are apparently more prone to spoilage, and may quietly fail after only a few years with poor visual indication.
It’s not a fine grain developer so best not used with 135 or 120 format. Xtol, a Kodak Alaris product, is IMHO, the king of B&W developers. As Mark Covington says "Xtol is one of the few developers that do not contain hydroquinone. It uses derivatives of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and Phenidone as developing agents.
Oct 07, 2011 · Xtol Rotary Processing - Kodak and Ilford Film Differences Monochrome Film
Kodak’s chemists were clever with Xtol in several ways beyond using an ascorbate as the primary developing agent. They added enough sulfite that the stock solution can be used as a grain-reducing developer and as a replenishment developer where the only replenisher needed is more Xtol.
I especially started liking this film after I changed over from Rodinal to XTOL, which gives it a much better mid-tone range and less grain while staying super sharp. Killer combo. The grain is just visible without being disturbing to the eye.
Xtol is a photographic developer manufactured by Eastman Kodak company. Xtol is one of the few developers that do not contain hydroquinone. It uses derivatives of ascorbic acid and phenidone as developing agents. Claimed advantages include low toxicity (important for environmental reasons as well as occupational safety), easy mixing, and an ...
KODAK High Speed Infrared Film / HIE KODAK Developer CI Small Tank* Development Time (Minutes) * With agitation at 30-second intervals. Development times shorter than 5 minutes may produce unsatisfactory uniformity. 65°F (18°C) 68°F (20°C) 70°F (21°C) 72°F (22°C) 75°F (24°C) XTOL 0.52 6 1⁄2 5 1⁄2 543 1⁄4 XTOL 0.58 7 1⁄4 65 1 ...