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Tri-X 320 + Rodinal

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 8:51 am
by arigram
Hello guys.
Being new in film cooking, I would like some advice, even though my
question could be the king of FAQs.
After a year of playing it safe, I've decided to try a different developer
and film than my usual soup of HP5+/D-76. (I've taken a look at almost
every film I could get my hands on including Bergger and Efke stuff, but
not seriously as they are not to be found around here).
My project is the local faces of old shopkeepers, artisans and fishermen
shot handhelp with a Hasselblad 501CM/80mm lens
and I've decided to get myself the 120 format new Tri-X 320 to give
the photos the bite they need. I heard that pairing it with Rodinal gives spectacular reasults: strong edges, high sharpness, hard grain.
Since I've never toyed with them before, what's a good proccess?
Dilluition, temperature, time, agitation?
I'll shoot a few and will develop them three at a time in a 1500ml Paterson
tank if that makes any difference.

Do you have any samples I can take a peek at?

Thank you,

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 4:58 pm
by Digitaltruth
Rodinal yields the most grain and contrast at lower dilutions (eg. 1+25). If you use a higher dilution (eg. 1+75) the contrast and grain are reduced. The 1+100 dilution should be used on a test roll first, as it can produce quite flat and thin negs. 1+50 is a good starting point for trial and error. Just use any times listed in the chart for old or new Tri-X and see what happens.

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 1:11 pm
by arigram
The problem is that I cannot find any times for Rodinal+New Tri-X 320, to use
as a starting point.


Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 1:39 pm
by Digitaltruth
Although there are no times listed for the new version of Tri-X 320, you can use the old times listed for TX 400 as guidelines. The differences between the emulsions are not great, so you should get solid negatives from any of these times, and can then work out a more accurate time for future rolls based on the results you obtain:

Rodinal (1+25) 7 mins 20°C

Rodinal (1+50) 13 mins 20°C

Rodinal (1+60) 15 mins 20°C

Rodinal (1+75) 17.5 mins 20°C

Rodinal (1+100) 20 mins 20°C