XTOL 1:1 + Rodinal 1:100

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I’m still playing around with XTOL/Rodinal split. These were deved in XTOL 1:1 + Rodinal 1:100 for 7:00 minutes at 75F, which was probably about 10% longer than ideal for my preferred density. I’m a little surprised that 6ml of Rodinal shifted the density by this much. In retrospect, I’m not even sure what this combo is supposed to accomplish. At this dilution, both of these developers are compensating, and XTOL’s solven action is already greatly diminished in comparison to its stock form. I suppose if I diluted the XTOL even further there would be even less solvent action and even more compensation, but that doesn’t seem like something I really need.

3 Replies to “XTOL 1:1 + Rodinal 1:100”

  1. I was wondering what you were seeking with extreme dilutions of XTOL and Rodinal – very interesting grain and long tonal range? That’s what you have here, at least on my crummy work monitor. Density is hard to judge – but you got pretty good blacks (again, on this monitor) and lighter tones, with no real blowouts – Kate’s arm in photo 3 is very light, but retains detail while the shadows and parts of her hair are deep black. An interesting experiment – have you tried it with Rodinal at higher concentrations?

  2. Max, more an experiment for th sake of experimenting than anything else, but I’m always looking for a way to get a little more highlight contrast than XTOL gives. I think I first read about this combo here a few years back: http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Rodinal/rodinal.html

    I’d actually forgotten the original article and formula until now. It suggests diluting the XTOL even more. At 1+4 I’d worry about there being enough developer to finish the job. Might try it with very fresh XTOL.

    1. I remember that article – it prompted me to pick up some Rodinal for the first time since college/Nikon F days. I did not buy the combo idea, though – I remember thinking that it seemed like an attempt at alchemy. Seeing your results here, however, leads me to think I was too dismissive. I look forward to additional experiments along these lines. Maybe I’ll clean the cobwebs off the old Kodak tank and do some brewing – I do miss the smell of hypo.

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