Kodak XTOL Black & White Film Developer, Powder to Make 5 Liters.

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About Kodak

Offers full emulsion speed and easy mixing. For use as both a developer and a replenisher.

For use in: small or large tanks, tray, rotary tubes, replenished systems

Keeping Properties Stock solution in closed container (full)-approximately 1 year Working solution in a tray-24 hours (2 months in a tray)

Useful Capacity (unreplenished): Full strength in a tank or tray; 19-8x10 sheets per gal (5 per L)

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent reactions (4),Easily cleaned (3)
Best Uses:
Developing (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Kodak Features

  • Ascorbic acid based developer offers very high image quality at full emulsion speed
  • Convenient, room-temperature mixing
  • Stable performance through a wide range of temperatures and dilutions
  • Excellent keeping properties
  • Fine grain and high sharpness
  • Provides more emulsion speed (shadow detail) than most developers for normal and push processing

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Favorite!

I use it to develop my 4x5 films. I love the very small grain and flexibility in developing. Also good shelf life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

limited use developer

I have used a lot of films with this film developer and in my experience it only works well with one: Tmax 100. With every other film it produces mediocre results at best, and it is particularly poor with 400 speed films. But if you only plan on using one film ever (Tmax 100) it will work great! That is why I am giving it 2 stars instead of one.

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

Great developer

By

from Gettysburg Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

consistent results every time. I have used it with Tmax-100, Superfine 400 and Ilford 3200. long shelf life after mixing. you'll need a two gallon container, or 2 one gallon containers to hold the solution.

 
5.0

Great developer

By

from Gettysburg Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nice all round developer. gives consistent results every time. makes 5 liters so you will need a larger storage container than one gallon

 
5.0

my go to developer for most films

By

from Houston  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like Xtol,it is my all around go to developer. I use for most of my films. It works well for most films, I like the results. You can also use it at different dilutions as well. I would recommend making the stock solution with distilled water. I have found it keeps very well. I do use argon or nitrogen gas to displace the air, but it keeps fine without. The only complaint I have is that it makes 5 liters. I have gallon jugs so I have to keep the rest in another jug. You should buy a 5 liter jug to store your stock solution. You can also use some computer duster spray to keep out the air. I would recommend Xtol to anyone who runs their own film. Great for schools too.

 
5.0

Great developer if you follow guidelines

By

from Saginaw, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This stuff gets a bad reputation for going dead without any visual warnings. I've never experienced this but I follow the usage guidelines very closely and don't use it after it's been sitting for a month. I generally use 2-3gal/yr processing up to 30 rolls/gal. I use it 1+1; one shot. I get my dev times from [@] and have been very happy with the results.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

limited use developer

By

from Salem, OR  -  Pro Photographer

I have used a lot of films with this film developer and in my experience it only works well with one: Tmax 100. With every other film it produces mediocre results at best, and it is particularly poor with 400 speed films. But if you only plan on using one film ever (Tmax 100) it will work great! That is why I am giving it 2 stars instead of one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My standard film developer

By

from Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works great for tray, reel, & motorized processing. I like the grain structure, even on 16x20 prints from 4x5 film.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great stuff!

By

from SE PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Xtol is great. I use it straight most of the time as directed, but it is also good for shooting Ilford's Delta 100 at ISO 250. Use it 1:1 @ 70 degrees F for 12:15 minutes. Agitate five seconds every 30.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

KODAK XTOL

By

from FLORIDA  -  Professional

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT DEVELOPER. I HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Favorite!

By

from Phoenix, AZ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use it to develop my 4x5 films. I love the very small grain and flexibility in developing. Also good shelf life.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
STEPHANIE A  Because it was one of the developers I had not yet tried.
Shopper  can you mix a little at a time?
ANTHONY R  Yes. Because the ratio calls for 1 part solution A to 1 part solution B, all you have to do is pour the power into separate measuring cups then use the same portion of the power from each cup. Once you've done that add the correct amount of water using the same proportions.
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