125 years Rodinal
Old 01-26-2016   #1
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Thumbs up 125 years Rodinal

to remember by: Rodinal was patented 125 years ago in January 27, 1891 by Dr. Momme Andresen (Agfa, Berlin). It was the first product sold by Agfa and is the oldest* photographic product still available (2016). * and in my household the "oldest" used product (The brown lemonade with "C" was patented in 1892 )
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Old 01-26-2016   #2
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That's pretty cool. Thanks for posting it up
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Old 01-26-2016   #3
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Will have some film I have to develop tomorrow, guess I'll have to use Rodinal.

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Thank you for posting this indeed. I'll develop a roll at midnight today or tomorrow in Rodinal to celebrate its birthday. Long live Rodinal (and/or its formula).
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Old 01-26-2016   #5
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Does anyone know what the approximate shelf life of an un-opened bottle of Rodinal is?
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Old 01-26-2016   #6
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Forever!

No, seriously I don't know, but I've had open bottles around for years, till they turned as dark as black coffee, and it still processed the film just fine.
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I started way back when with Kodak Microdol-X, then moved on to D-76...these days it's HC-110 and Rodinal...
I have the last two developers in my photo closet and for now they will be the only two...
I like that they both have a long shelf life, I mix from concentrate and I use it once...and the price per roll is cheap enough...
Happy Birthday Rodinal...
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Does anyone know what the approximate shelf life of an un-opened bottle of Rodinal is?
I’ve heard that some of the new formulations don’t have the longevity of the older stuff.

I have a bottle I purchased back in the 1980’s that I’ve never opened. I’ll probably open it and use it sometime this year. I suspect it will be good.

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Old 01-26-2016   #9
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I believe Rodinal was made by Agfa up until the demise of the company in 2005. We still have many 4-aminophenol brews available though.
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Old 01-26-2016   #10
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I have some Adox "formula of Rodinal, but we didn't yet legally own the name, so we had to call it Adonal" developer that I bought a few years ago from Freestyle, and I shot 8 sheets of 4x5 on Sunday, but couldn't get around to developing it until tonight, the 26th in California, which is the 27th in Germany. I was planning on developing the negatives (Delta 100) tonight before I saw this post, but I'm glad I celebrated the anniversary. They're drying, but all look very good.
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I ran a test roll of Sonnar 50/2 Contax RF mount with recently acquired adapter on M4-P early today, and found a mystery roll of Tri-X from who-knows-when in my photo junk drawer.

Developed in Adonal Rodinal (probably 2 years old now, half-full bottle) and they are getting washed right now. I'll post a best shot or two to commemorate the occasion.
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There's 2 rolls of Tri-x400 hanging in the shower now that I developed with it's offspring
in Canada ( Blazinol ). It's all 120 and it's all great , how could anything that old be so good ? Peter
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Still getting dried so I snapped the hanging negative with Fuji.
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My go to developer (Compard's version "R09 One Shot") when I pull a dummy! I'm not denigrating the developer at all. It somewhat compensates my mistakes.

I mainly use it to develop Rollei Retro 80s at ISO 80 (60 secs initial agit. + 1hr full stand). The negs. are slightly more contrasty that I'd like, but lovely outcome.

HC-110, in my opinion, is very similar, but it is better (grain size and look in 35mm) with ISO 200 or faster films. But in 120 and beyond, the difference hardly matters.

I hope they'll both be produced for another 100+ years.

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Thank you Dr. Andresen for creating this little gem of a photo chemical. Cheers!


Happy Birthday, Rodinal! by Suguru Nishioka, on Flickr
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Old 01-27-2016   #16
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Yay Rodinal! My fav developer

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I love Rodinal with Acros and Fomapan 100. I am glad it is also good with Tri-X. I was under the impression it is too grainy with fast film. I will soup a roll with HP5+ and see how it goes.
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I love Rodinal with Acros and Fomapan 100. I am glad it is also good with Tri-X. I was under the impression it is too grainy with fast film. I will soup a roll with HP5+ and see how it goes.
HP5+ is looking gritty in Rodinal. Well it kinda always does.
Tri-X and Neopan400 on the other side are nice.

HP5+ pushed to 1600 and souped semi-stand for 2h
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God bless Rodinal!
My favorite developer with slow film and with Neopan 400 (i have some left in my freezer). But sometimes i use it with 400ISO films like HP5+ and Tri-X.

Here is an example with HP5+


And here is with Neopan 400 (almost no grain on 20x30 print)
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Old 01-27-2016   #21
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I've two unopened bottles of Rodinal bought in the late 1990s, will soon try a roll! Thanks Agfa!!
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Old 01-27-2016   #22
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A cup of Rodinal per day keeps the doctor away. Happy birthday. Cheers!
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I always sip a glass of wine when I develop in Kitchen so I'd say Rodinal goes well with red... Just have to make sure I'm sipping from the right container.

Another shot from test roll, developed in Rodinal last night.

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From my last roll of Delta3200 in Rodinal (Blazinol,here) 1:25 from Fujica GL690 . With medium format it seems to work with everything I've used of late. Peter
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Awesome, I was just mentioning how old this developer was to my classes. Great to have a exact date I can tell them tomorrow! Developed 20 sheets of foma 400 4x5 with it this week using 1:50 for about 11-12min.
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I love Rodinal with certain films. It was truely beautiful with Neopan 400 and APX100. Sadly those emulsions are long gone. These days it is HC-110 all the way for me, however I will no doubt dabble with Rodinal again some day.
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From my last roll of Delta3200 in Rodinal (Blazinol,here) 1:25 from Fujica GL690 . With medium format it seems to work with everything I've used of late. Peter
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On Track by Suguru Nishioka, on Flickr
Random roll of Tri-X found in a drawer, developed yesterday in Rodinal 1+50.
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