DDX vs Xtol for Delta 400

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I'm sure this has been asked - but I can't find the detail I'm after in the archives... So after the excuse here's the question: I have been using Xtol 1+1 for Delta 400 (rated at 500asa). With the loss of the 1l pack I'm wondering about alternatives. Has anyone compared DDX with Xtol for Delta 400? If so, what speed do you use? What developer dilution, time, temp. How was tonal range and grain? My greatest photo reward is making an 11x14 print I'm proud to display on the wall of my home office/hobby room, so sharp grain-free enlargements are an important measure for me. I'd also value similar information on other developers.



-- Steve Wring (steve-liz@mindspring.com), February 03, 2002


I've compared 35mm Delta 400 using DD-X and ID-ll. I've found DD-X 1:4 works well with this film but I prefer ID-11 straight best, ID-11 1:1 second. For my taste, stock ID-11 just seemed to give a better grain pattern on people shots. DD-X, of course, wins the convenience- of-use factor.

-- Jon Porter (kodiakalaska@hotmail.com), February 03, 2002.

DD-X is a speed increasing developer, basically liquid Microphen, which I use with TMY. Ilfosol-S is more similar to Xtol. I currently use Xtol with great results.

-- Tim Brown (brownt@flash.net), February 04, 2002.

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