Experience with DiXactol

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Does anyone have any actual practical experience, comments or insights into use of the developer DiXactol, now available in the UK, with claimed ultra-actutance and PMK-like highlight detail?

-- Matthew S. Comern (mscommerce@hotmail.com), November 10, 1999


Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting. I wonder if it is an ascorbic acid developer, a-la X-tol?

-- Ed Buffaloe (edbuffaloe@unblinkingeye.com), November 12, 1999.

I've seen reviews in Camera and Darkroom, the UK magazine. No much here or elsewhere in US sources. Updates, anyone?

-- Mani Sitaraman (bindumani@pacific.net.sg), May 09, 2000.

A poster in the PhotoForum mailing list told me he's had great success with it - better sharpness than PMK (and PMK is very good), more consistent staining, and a more useful stain for variable contrast papers, since it's a tone that is seen by VC papers as plain density and not as an attempt at VC filtration. I intend to try it but I want to give PMK a good test first.

There's a neat article about it: http://www.photoformulary.com/dixactol.htm


-- Jim MacKenzie (photojim@yahoo.com), May 09, 2000.

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