Patented by Dr. Momme Andresen in 1891, Rodinal was the first product produced by Agfa and the oldest continuously-produced developer formula in the world. Formally manufactured by Agfa, Rodinal was sold to Connect Chemicals (Ratingen, Germany.) in 2008.
It’s a one shot liquid developer usually used in high dilutions of 1+25, 1+50, 1+100, 1+200. My faroite dilution/film combination being 1+100 using stand development (no agitation) for 50 minutes.
It has a very long storage life, mine’s is over 2 year’s old and is still producing great negatives.
Rodinal is ususaly suited to low film speeds based on the high acutance properties and the coarse grain this devloper produces. A solvent (such as sodium sulfite) can be aded to soften the granularity. However I find that Fuji Neopand 1600 and Kodak Tri-X (rated at 16000 iso) also look beautiful.
Rodinal is a must try for anyone development black and white film and a great starting devloper for anyone thinking of developing their own film.
It’s readily avaliable to buy in the UK with an adverage price of £12.
Times & dilutions: http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.php?Film=&Developer=Rodinal&mdc=Search
Here are a few example images of my negatives developed in the B&W film developer Rodinal.
Examples on flickr:
- http://www.silverprint.co.uk (UK)
- http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=74766 (AUS)
Mix your own: