"Try Rodinal 1+200, it will soften the contrast." It so clearly didn't.

Rolleiflex SL35
Adox CMS 20 II
Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.8


  1. stereograph
    stereograph ·

    "It so clearly didn't."
    Hahaha! who said that?

  2. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    @stereograph Someone from a Facebook group dedicated to ultra low ISO films. The idea is to dilute the developer to lower the contrast, but this strategy is of limited effectiveness with microfilms like this one (Agfa-Gevaert Copex HDP, similar to Spur Orthopan UR).

  3. marluusje
    marluusje ·

    Great photo

  4. stereograph
    stereograph ·

    @flamingoid This works only with stand developement, if!

  5. klawe
    klawe ·

    I think, the best way for lower contrast and more grey scales is to develope in Spur Nanotech @stereograph

  6. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    @stereograph It's what I was about to do then but then I read the recipe on digitaltruth.com and it recommends 1+200 for full tonal range, but with a short time and normal agitation. I followed that. I shouldn't.

  7. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    @klawe Indeed, Spur Nanotech and Adox Adotech IV are the recommended developers but they're impossible to find here and expensive to import.

  8. stereograph
    stereograph ·

    @flamingoid i do all my b/w in 1+100 rodinal for 1h and this is quite balancing i think.But I never deved the adox cms 20 myself.

  9. klawe
    klawe ·

    This is a pity. In Germany there is now again a lot of film developer chemistry, but the supply of film material from Asia, America and Great Britain is becoming expensive and extremely scarce.

  10. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    @marluusje Thanks!
    @stereograph I use Rodinal a lot too. I love the stuff and while I think 1+100 works the best with some films and some situations (like with Fomapan 200 for instance), I prefer 1+25 or 1+50 with normal agitation in some other cases, to add some punch to the level of contrast.
    @klawe So basically you have the opposite issue. Fuji stuff here is plentyful and rather cheap. Ilford is a bit cheaper but German films/chemicals and Kodak stuff are very pricey.

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