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Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film - Makes 5 Liters

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Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film

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Kodak Xtol Film Developer is suitable for most professional black-and-white films.

Xtol is an ascorbic acid developer, which yields a very high image quality at full emulsion speed.

Convenient, room-temperature mixing.
Produces fine grain and high sharpness.
Provides more emulsion speed (shadow detail) than most developers for normal and push processing.
Can also be used to replenish working-strength developer
For use with these films: T-MAX 100 / 100TMX, T-MAX 400 / 400TMY, T-MAX P3200 / P3200TMZ, PLUS-X 125 / 125PX, TRI-X 400 / 400TX, TRI-X 320 / 320TXP, High-Speed Infrared
Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film - Makes 5 Liters
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    KodakXtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film
     
    4.9

    (based on 24 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Consistent reactions (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing (17)
      • Photography (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Professional (3)
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      5.0

      xtol is all you need

      By connectingthedots

      from los angeles

      Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

      started off with d-76 to learn how to develop film and got decent results. after trying xtol there is a noticeable difference in smoothness, clarity, and overall contrast. its not that hard to mix up, just take your time. saving so much money developing my own film. lab cost are ridiculous!

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      4.0

      Nice high ISOs

      By Blackfok

      from Tyler, Texas.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Reactions
      • Great Tonality And Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing

        Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

        Mixed 1:1 at 68 degrees for tray development of sheet film. Very nice tonality and latitude. Doesn't seem to push HP% as much as I would like, but pretty good on other films. Nice to have that extra ISO that it always seems to give. I shoot a lot stopped down and with filters, so it helps to have every extra bit.

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        5.0

        Great developer for pushing films

        By Andrew

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography

          Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

          Flatter contrast profile makes this developer great for pushing 400 speed films to 1600, 3200 ISO without getting overly contrasty or grainy.

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          5.0

          My Favorite B/W Developer

          By timllowe

          from Cali, Colombia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Results
          • Great contrast
          • Long shelf life
          • Low grain

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

            I can't say enough about how much I love Xtol. I am forced bu circumstances to use other B/W developers and I always wish I had Xtol. I tend to use it diluted 1:3 and, because the two components are in decent quantities, I mix stock from 1/2 or even 1/4 of the package. The remaining dry chemicals keep much better than mixed developer although the mixed solution keeps at least 2 months if stored properly. I mix full strength and dilute just prior to use.

            Negatives come out sharp and with very little grain. Images are not particularly contrasty which preserves the maximum amount of detail in both highlights and shadows and can easily be increased in the printing process.

            Tip: Wash your film in developing temp water before pouring in developer.

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            5.0

            Great tones

            By Vijay

            from Pleasanton CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lovely Tones

            Cons

            • Laborious To Mix

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

            It's a bit of work to mix 5 liters of working solution from powder, but it's worth it! I love the tones I get from using this developer with Ilford Delta 100 (4x5) and Ilford Delta 400 (35mm)

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            5.0

            Good developer

            By Leica User

            from Indiana

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                  Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                  I switched to Xtol from D-76 which I used for over 40 years. I'm very happy with the results I'm getting from the Xtol. It's a two part mix which is no big deal to me and it makes 1L instead of a gallon…also no bid deal.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  XTOL B & W FILM DEVELOPER

                  By JAY

                  from SOUTH FLORIDA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Reactions

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing

                    Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                    I use XTOL film developer for all my black & white film developing, for its high latitude in developing contrasty landscapes. Never had a problem with it.
                    Use it with Ilford delta, efke 50 & 100, astra 100. Love it!

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                    5.0

                    Inexpensive and Consistent

                    By Ishootfilm

                    from West Virginia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Reactions
                    • Easy To Mix Long Lasting

                    Cons

                    • 5 Liters Is A Lot

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing

                    Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                    I use Xtol on a variety of black and white films. It is consistent and inexpensive. I wish they still had the one liter though. Five liters is a lot.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Favorite Developer

                    By Lamar

                    from Georgia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Developing

                        Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                        Taste in developer is subjective. That being said the results I like best always seem to be produced by XTOL. For me it consistently produces finer grain and can be used with a wide variety of film. I use it with Kodak T-Max, Tri-X, Ilford Delta, Pan F, and HP5+. I routinely use it to push HP5 3 stops and Delta 400 2 stops with great results. It also has a great shelf life. It takes about a year for me to use a 5 liter batch and I see no negative effects.

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                        5.0

                        Virtues of Kodak Xtol

                        By Thomas

                        from St Paul, MN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy to use
                        • Economical
                        • Flexible
                        • Great In Direct Ligth

                        Cons

                        • 5 Liter Packets Only

                        Best Uses

                        • Film Developing

                        Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                        Having used Xtol almost exclusively for the past three and a half years, I have discovered its strengths and weaknesses.

                        First of all, let me say that I am a highly demanding darkroom printer, demanding the very best from all my materials, so all my negatives are geared towards printing well on Ilford Multigrade IV fiber paper in combination with replenished Ethol LPD paper developer. When you develop negatives, you had best learn how to tailor them to your desired output, if you really wish to eke the maximum performance out of the film.

                        Secondly, I shoot mainly Kodak Tri-X 400 film in 35mm and 120, but have experience with many films.

                        Finally, I use the developer replenished, meaning that I start with two liters of stock Xtol, and with every roll of film that I develop (36exp 35mm, 120 rolls, or 8x10 sheet equivalent film surface area), I add 75ml fresh Xtol stock to my working solution before I pour the developer from the developing tank back to the storage container. I discard whatever doesn't fit. The replenished developer loses about 1/2 stop in speed compared to 1+1 dilution, but gives finer grain, is sharper, and yields a tonality that better suits how I print.

                        Where Xtol really shines is with subject matter that sunlight or studio lights hit directly without diffusion. Xtol handles that strong direct light very admirably and keeps those highlights from blocking up when developing the film.
                        Another area of great strength for Xtol is its ability to yield shadow detail. At 1+1, 1+2, or even 1+3 dilution, I know of no other developer that gives more shadow detail, which means great effective film speed.

                        The less good things about Xtol are:
                        1. It doesn't change color when it goes bad (always test the developer before using it).
                        2. It only comes in 5L kits, and that's a lot of developer for a hobbyist.
                        3. In flat light it isn't the strongest developer out there, and has a propensity to yield prints that can be a little bit dull from high mid-tones and up, compared to a developer like HC-110 or something like Rodinal, Pyrocat, or why not Edwal 12.

                        Other than that it's a great all-round developer; it is very reliable. I have never had a single developing problem during the 3-1/2 years I've used it, and results are highly predictable yielding consistent negatives that print with very little darkroom gymnastics.

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                        5.0

                        Xtol is back

                        By Southeast traveler

                        from Fernandina Beach, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Reactions
                        • Well Known

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Developing

                          Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                          Afraid B&H was not going to carry this superior developer. Glad they got it back.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy to use,long shelf life

                          By Karl

                          from Winchester VA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Reactions

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Developing
                            • Photography

                            Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                            This is without question the best and easiest to use developer. Long shelf life and no pre-wash needed.
                            Using i1 1:1 it last a long time. Using it 1:1 also extends the working time which makes for even development

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                            5.0

                            versatile, good for push - favorite

                            By Nik

                            from NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Push process

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing
                              • Photography

                              Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                              I use for push and standard development. fine grain, versatile, easy...

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                              5.0

                              Excellent developer

                              By nikolay

                              from houston, tx

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Reactions
                              • Easily Cleaned

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Developing

                                Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                An easy to use, fine grain developer for film. Long shelf life. I would definitely recommend it.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good Value and Performance

                                By GoBluePhoto

                                from Ann Arbor, MI

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Reactions
                                • Easy mixing

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Developing
                                  • Photography

                                  Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                  An easy to use, fine grain developer for film. No heating is necessary, mix at room temperature. Comes in a 5 liter package, so bottles are hard to find in a good size.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Good all-round developer

                                  By kepi

                                  from Macon, GA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Reactions

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Developing

                                    Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                    I switched from tmax RS to xtol because the stock was getting slime in it. For a powder it is very easy to dissolve and mix. So far no problems with keeping. It gives a good film speed, but not as high as some say, at least with Tmax 400, which I expose at EI 250. The grain seems sharper than with the TmaxRS when I scan it. Subtle and hard to explain. My only complaint is I wish it was one gallon instead of 5 liters. Containers that size are hard to find.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good General Purpose Developer

                                    By Brooklynkid

                                    from Mount Laurel, New Jersey

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Reactions

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Developing
                                      • Photography

                                      Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                      I use Xtol extensively in the development of Fomapan 100. I also used it with Agfapan 100 when it was available. In both cases I got very nice results with good contrast a very low grain. I would definitely recommend it.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for tabular film

                                      By serg

                                      from Ledyard, CT

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Acutance and sharpness
                                      • Consistent Reactions

                                      Cons

                                      • Takes time to dissolve

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                        I use this developer for Ilford Delta 100 tabular film. Results are much better than with standard D-76 developer, and pretty similar to Ilford's DD-X. Great advantage of XTOL is its environment friendliness. Worth to try it with tabulars.

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                                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        hot shot

                                        By Dan

                                        from NYC

                                        About Me Professional

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Reactions

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Developing

                                          Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                          I use xtol 1:1 on both sheet and roll film, in trays and tanks. It is as reliable as d-76, plus gives full film speed with low toxicity. It's great for both traditional and tabular-grain emulsions.

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                                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          The best film developer ever

                                          By bartlett505

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Reactions

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Developing

                                            Comments about Kodak Xtol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                                            We do dip and dunk film processing and Xtol is the best B&W film developer made for this type of processing. Is the perfect marriage of D76 and HC110. The long scale and plenty of shadow detail of D76 and the sharp and crisp grain of HC110, withot blocking the highligts.

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