The oldest commercial developer still in production, Rodinal (formerly Agfa Rodinal, now sold as Adox Rodinal, Adonal, R09 One Shot) is famous for its contrast. ORM-D items are non-returnable. Acutance enhancing film developer. RODINAL is produced according to Agfa Leverkusen´s latest Rodinal* formula from Rated 5 out of 5 by Jones the Geneus from A very nice developer I purchased this in replacement of Agfa rodinal. I found this product is exactly identical to my.
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Pros and Cons of Agfa Rodinal? I am yet to do any big prints, but from my scans I like what I see as mentioned they are grainy Im not a hater of grain.
I rate my films hp5 at iso and my fp4 at 64iso, I only use 1: A few days ago I was doing some research into times for this developer and filmsto my surprise I come across more negative feedback agfaa good feedback. I thought Rodinal was a great developer but it seems people say its give true xgfa results and even enhances it?
So what are the ideal films to be seveloper with Rodinal? My personal experience is that Rodinal works best with slow films I often use it with Efke ISOand in extreme dilutions with faster films like 1: It seems everybody’s experience varies.
I suggest you rodlnal keep experimenting until you find a combination you particularly like with a film you intend to use long term. I’ve recently been experimenting with Rodinal and Plus-X at rated box speed because my tank requires constant agitation – an old Rondinax one the development times and contrast for various dilutions are quite removed from most online charts.
SCLApr 30, Strictly speaking, fine-grain developers are those which have a solvent action – they dissolve away some of the edges of the clumps of silver grain that make up a film image and thus make them smaller, giving finer grain. Rodinal is not a fine-grain developer but gives a characteristically tight grain pattern which some folks like and others don’t. Plus points with Rodinal – it keeps a long time even in part-used bottles, it can be used at high dilutions so is economical and it gives very low base fog the areas of the film with no image are very clear.
Years ago, people used to use Kodak recording film when deceloper needed a fast speed – this was prone to base fog, but Rodinal worked very well with it. Rodinal also does not give full box speed with modern films – if you expose a roll of say Tri-X at ISO and develop for this, this is in fact push processing and contrast will rise and may become excessive, giving hard-to-print negatives if people say they hate Rodinal, it could be because this has happened with their films.
Rodinal at extreme dilutions also provides a compensating effect, i.
Used as a normal developer, Rodinal gives fine grain with slow films and, as I said, a characteristic grain pattern with faster ones. I would try some other developers, like xtol, hc, or dd-x. I had excellent results with Panatomic X extinct Pardon, I’m talking about LF and Rodinal diluted to or even I agta rodinal, and with FP4 it is my favourite combo. It’s very subjective, and certainly not for those aiming for grainless images.
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I suspect this is what a lot of the rodianl feedback related atfa, it’s not for everyone. Rodinal has been my developer of choice for the devloper 30 years.
It is an acutance developer and therefore does nothing to reduce grain, but since most of my photography is medium format, grain is not an isue. Rodinal is famous for its tonality, sharpness and for its grain. IMO you either like it or not, it’s not a standard developer for every situation. I used it for years in my traditional darkroom, but never scanned the negs. Scanning often enhances grain even more, so it maybe a good developer for the analogue process, but not for hybrid workflow.
Do you know the photography of Ralph Gibson? Going to medium format I also do the Fomapan in Rodinal. Which doesn’t mean you can not do this in 35mm but then you have clearly visible grain.
But on the other hand an increadible long stable developer to put on the shelf. You can control the grain by keeping the developing temperature not above 20C and with a minimum of agitation. Here an example of Fomapan in 35mm and R As told visible grain but sharp and a good tonality. Fotohuis RoVoMay 4, Some also liked it with the older version of TMAX film. With fine grained film this developer is at its best. Mike GammillMay 4, One of the advantages of Rodinal is consistency.
I use it 1: But I have used it in the past with 35mm and medium format Ilford and Kodak as well.
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I have never had a failure due to developer, but only from my own mistakes. Grain is overrated – it is part of 35mm photography and does not make or break a good image.
Whatever developer you choose, you need to do everything exactly the same every time to get consistent results. When you want to change something, change only one thing at a time, i.
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