Xtol dev times - contradicts by Kodak

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I've been using Xtol 1+1 for about a year with Tmax films with great results. I just tried Delta 400 (@ 320) with poor results. I followed the development time suggested in Kodak J-109 pub on Xtol, 10:50 @68F, but noticed that the Xtol package suggested starting at 8:00 @ 68F. Left hand please meet the right hand.

Can anyone share a time and temp they've found to work between Xtol 1+1 and D400?

Thanks in advance.

-- rick simpson (rsimpson@adobe.com), July 10, 2000


The manufacturer's times are intended to be starting points. You must learn to adjust to your individual situation. I generally use Xtol 10-20% longer than Kodak recommends with various films.

-- Tim Brown (brownt@ase.com), July 10, 2000.


11 minutes @ 20C works very well for me. of course, I am using mountain spring Oregon water, but I think it tis close enough.

-- daniel taylor (aviator@agalis.net), July 10, 2000.

Check Ilford's times for their films in Xtol, I found them much closer... t

-- tom meyer (twm@mindspring.com), July 15, 2000.

A usefull resource is the Massive development chart at:


They recommend 10.5 min for your combo, as mentioned before these are all just starting points.

-- Peter Foiles (lightcatcher54@hotmail.com), July 16, 2000.

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