Adox Adonal Developer (500ml/16 oz)

Adox Adonal Developer (500ml/16 oz)

Adox Adonal Developer (500ml/16 oz)

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  • Old and Reliable B/W Developer
  • Very Long Shelf Life

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Adox Adonal Developer is a highly concentrated fine-grain, one-shot black and white film developer. By diluting it according to requirements, you can match Adonal to any black and white negative film regardless of contrast. Grain is also a factor that will be influenced by the dilution. 1+100 will produce the finest grain while 1+25 will produce a noticeably pronounced grain pattern.

Note: You are advised to wear rubber gloves and taking normal darkroom precautions when handling this product

Shelf life is several years (half-opened bottles reported to last over 40 years)
Recommended dilution: 1+50 for general purpose work
The solution is light straw colored when first opened, and during the course of a year turns darker until eventually becoming deep purple-brown - but the developer will perform regardless of color
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Adox 12054 Specs

Chemistry Type Film Developer
Powder/Liquid Liquid
Liquid Volume 1 x 16.9  fl oz / 500.0  mL
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 3.2 x 2.0"

Adox 12054 Reviews

Adonal Developer (500ml/16 oz) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stuff! Been using D76 for a LOOOOOOOOOONG time. Too long, without trying other stuff out. I was too lazy. But this past year I started playing with other developers, and I am very impressed and pleased with this stuff. I was always hesitant because of the grain. But after playing with it a few times, Im actually really happy with the grain! Another bonus is that Adonal also helps with clutter. I take from the bottle as I need. No more big jugs taking up space! Which is a big plus in an apartment!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING DEVELOPER I switched over to this developer almost 2 years ago. I havent used any other developer since then. I just bought my second bottle, thats right 2nd bottle. This developer has a extremely long shelf life so I never worried that it will go bad yet. Also depending how you use it you can seriously use it for over a year. I use mine at 1 to 75 ratio, thats less then half an ounce. This developer give great tones and grains to your negatives. There is really nothing bad I can think of about this developer.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried and true, even for a newbie In full disclosure this is the first and only developer I have used and I have only developed a few rolls of film with it, so I cannot give an expert experience-based review of this developer compared to others on the market. That said however, I did copious research on developers beforehand and came to the conclusion that this would probably be the best developer for me. So far I have been extraordinarily pleased with its performance! Rodinal is versatile and easy to use. It can be used in many different dilutions ratios to achieve different looks; and since it is a high accutance developer it can even be used in stand development. It has a famously long shelf life, and a few mLs goes a long way, which makes it a pretty economical choice. Lastly, it's history speaks for itself, think of it as good old reliable!
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets. I use this for semi-stand developing. Two 135 films (or one 120) will get 600ml 18.5C water with 4.5ml Adonal, inverted ten times every ten minutes for an hour. The results are predictable but vary with different film. Pan F 50 is fantastic in this mix, it keeps the highlights from blowing out and doesn't get any crazy grain, but on the other hand TriX or APX get very intense grain. Delta 100 and 400 are closer to Pan F 50, while HP5 is closer to TriX. I like it because it's ridiculously economical, the open bottles never seem to go off, and with semi-stand you get the benefits of stand (high edge contrast, ability to automatically push/pull film, even if the ISO setting is altered mid-roll) without the downsides (sprocket holes showing up as lines on the film or uneven development vertically). It's also a very forgiving protocol, very difficult to screw it up. I have tried other development methods but it's hard to find anything that improves on this for cost, efficiency and quality.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best all-around developers This is my personal favorite. I push Tri-X to 3200 using a special technique with adonal. You won't regret buying this. I like using a higher dilution for really fine grain.
Date published: 2011-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very nice developer I purchased this in replacement of Agfa rodinal. I found this product is exactly identical to my old favorite. It has very good edge effect. The image is very sharp when combing with low ISO film. You don't need to test the developing time again. Just use the previous data.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. An excellent developer, capable of delivering high accutance. I have used it for years and really appreciate it.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adonal Developer This is a wonderful product for BW film developing especially for those who are used to the Rodinal formula
Date published: 2012-08-15
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Why cant this be shipped?
Asked by: David N.
Due to it being a harmful chemical, the government has implemented shipping restrictions on such chemicals.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Does instruction come with this product as to the proper mixing and development times. Im new to the darkroom at this point.
Asked by: Anonymous
The short answer is no. The makers of your film have pdf's online with development times. There is a website -- I can't remember the name / address at this moment but a search will find it easily -- that has them all: you put in the film and developer and see all the times for various ISOs. Adonal / Rodinal is a particular KIND of developer with many possible dilutions. YOu should read about. For best most consistent results I recomment Kodak Xtol but that comes in a powder and you have to mix it yourself. Kodak D-76 is just about as reliable and good and comes also in a powder but in smaller amount so it's easier to mix a batch. I learned how to do this on my own. You can too. But do a lot of reading first.
Answered by: Vincent P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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