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Stilts | by Mikael Langer
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Olympus OM2

Zuiko 50mm/f1.4

Orange filter

Fuji Neopan Acros 100

XTOL 1:1 9m45s

Reflecta RPS7200


I've been debating for a while what developer to use now that my first small bottle of Rodinal is running out. I've really enjoyed the results I've been getting with Rodinal so far, but I often find the grain a bit too gritty, especially in 35mm. Eventually I settled for XTOL, despite concerns over storage and shelf life as it only comes in 5L batches, since it seems to be the perfect choice for the kind of results I'm looking for in terms of grain, speed and acutance. The storage problem (storing 5L of liquid sucks!) by mixing just 2L of concentrate from the powders. No problems to dissolve the powders, and super convenient, just dilute 1+4 for regular 1:1.

And I can always keep a 50ml bottle of super cheap Rodinal around anyway for those occasions when I WANT more pronounced grain.

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Uploaded on September 6, 2015