Adox HR-50 in normal developers
Old 05-09-2019   #1
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Adox HR-50 in normal developers

Another film question from me. I'm thinking about putting a few rolls of the stuff with the new, mysterious "speed boost tech" in my next order from fotoimpex. Adox recommends the special HR-50 developer, but it's supposed to work with normal developers. I'm not thrilled with the prospect of buying and using a special developer. I'd rather stick with x-tol. Has anyone used it with a normal developer? Would I get excessive contrast? I'm aware it's a contrasty film of course, but I'd want that nice S-curve Adox show and no straight line.
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Old 05-09-2019   #2
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The ADOX HR DEV developer can also be used for all other films.
I've got very good results with HR-50 film in HR DEV, but also developed in DD-X, FX-39 II and Atomal.
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Old 05-09-2019   #3
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Cool, can you describe the differences you've found, if any?
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Old 05-09-2019   #4
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Well, HR DEV, Atomal and DD-X give the highest effective speed (EI 40/17). FX-39 II has a little bit less speed (EI 32/16), but wonderful sharpness and acutance. HR DEV has also good sharpness.
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Would love to see some examples Skiff!
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Old 05-10-2019   #6
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Would love to see some examples Skiff!
1. I've done sensitometrc tests, evaluated the characteristic curves. Scans of the grey zone pictures wouldn't help anyone at all .
2. I've done some resolution tests. Scans of them are a waste of time because my scanner can only resolve a fraction of the film's real very high resolution.
3. I've done a project for a client with this film (private portraits). I am not allowed to show this series to the public.
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