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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 25 reviews)

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      (22)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Consistent reactions (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing (18)
      • Photography (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Professional (3)
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      5.0

      Good all around developer

      By El Cheo

      from Corrales, NM

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Develops Different Films
      • Easy to mix
      • Long shelf life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing

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

        Since getting back into film, I've been testing different developers. Extol is easy to mix at room temperature, good shelf life after mixing, and works on a variety of films including Tmax.

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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

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                    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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                      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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                            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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                                  5.0

                                  Good Value and Performance

                                  By GoBluePhoto

                                  from Ann Arbor, MI

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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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                                    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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                                          5.0

                                          hot shot

                                          By Dan

                                          from NYC

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          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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