Kodak Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l)

Kodak Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l)

Kodak Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l)

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Kodak Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l)

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  • Two-Part Powder Developer
  • Maintains Full Film Speed
  • Fine Grain and High Sharpness
  • Can Be Used as Replenisher
  • Does Not Contain Hydroquinone
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Kodak Professional XTOL is a two-part powder developer suitable for most professional black and white films. It is an ascorbic acid-based 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
Does not contain hydroquinone.
UPC: 041775160360
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Kodak Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l)
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    Kodak 5160361 specs

    Chemistry Type Film Developer
    Powder/Liquid Powder
    Material Weight 1 x 8.7 oz / 246.64 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.19 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 7.75 x 0.5"

    Kodak 5160361 reviews

    Professional XTOL Black and White Film Developer (to Make 5 l) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite B/W Developer 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Developer 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.
    Date published: 2013-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I only had one b/w developer... This is my favorite developer. It never fails me. Stores well. Gives a great tonal range (if you got the exposure right). Doesn't raise grain in finer grained film. It is a pain to mix. Be REALLY careful to hit the temperature in the instructions and completely dissolve Part A before adding Part B. Really let it sit a while and look for tiny un-dissolved particles. Keep shaking it until it's really completely dissolved. It works well stock but gives beautiful results up to 1:4. In fact, I prefer it.
    Date published: 2016-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from XTOL Super T-Grain Developer for T-Max 100 and delta 100 XTOL is better than D76 When Developing T- Grain Films Like Kodak T-Max 100 and Delta 100 I could Never get a Dektal RC print as clear and as Sharp and Zone type of Development 8x10 a True ASA 100 dynamic range I have many Developers have been developing and printing from My College CPC days and my Home since 1991 and I also do C-41 and ra4 processing. I do have a personal Home Pro Lab So I am Telling you This Developer is a T-Grain Film Super developer better than T-Max developer and D76
    Date published: 2016-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best developer for BW film! Xtol is my favorite developer for black-and-white film. I get lower contrast than D76 (better for scanning), smooth gradations, good shadow and highlights. It's basically self-exhausting, too, so it's hard to overdevelop. Since I work overseas, it's good to have a developer that's not very sensitive to questionable water supplies, heat, etc.
    Date published: 2008-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Economical Developer I don't develop lots of black and white film so 5 liters is more than I can use before it would go bad. So even though Kodak does not recommend it, I mix one liter at a time. I use a precision balance scale to measure 1/5 of part A and part B by weight. So far it has worked great for me. Also once mixed and stored in airtight bottles, the developer stays good for months.
    Date published: 2016-04-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Consistent and LESS TOXIC I love Xtol because it is really consistent, stores really well (if you follow the instructions) and is far less toxic than other traditional B&W developers. I don't worry so much about my health using it and I also don't worry about pouring it into the drain. It can be a bit difficult to mix at first but it is worth the effort.
    Date published: 2015-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Virtues of Kodak Xtol 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-10
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