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25-Aug-2009, 07:56

I'm new to the world of LF "MF user" & Im going to develop tmx 400" I " with xtol using jobo cpp2 .Now, do you recommend this time 6:15 min as starting point ?or any help. many thanks

David Swinnard
25-Aug-2009, 13:31
Welcome to a wonderful world...

See the Kodak publication F4043 (the new Tmax 400, aka TMY2) for all the details, but the short answer is "yes"

6:15 is the time given in this document (page5) for Xtol (stock) in a rotary processor at 70F (21C). It's a good starting point. Your subject and/or printing conditions may require some tweaking of this time for optimum results.

link to aforementioned document: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f4043/f4043.pdf

25-Aug-2009, 13:39
David ..Thanks a lot for responding ,I really appreciated .

Ron Marshall
25-Aug-2009, 14:00
Before you develop anything important I recommend that you take three images of a normally lit scene and develop one as per Kodak's time, one 30% less and one 50% more. Probably none of them will be right on, but by comparison you should have a good idea of what time is appropriate for you conditions. Of course you can use a densitometer, etc., but you can get pretty close by eye.

Thomas Greutmann
25-Aug-2009, 22:48
I do TMY 400 Rotary processing with XTOL straight. Follow Paul Butzi's times, they work:


BTW: I have not noticed a difference between the "old" and the "new" TMY 400.

26-Aug-2009, 02:53
*Thanks alot Ron for valuable advice .
*Thomas .."Paul Butzi's" is really great artist and yes its well worth trying his way ..many thanks

Tim Povlick
26-Aug-2009, 07:07
I develop in Xtol 1:1 (less grain) in both 4x5 and 8x10. One has to be sure to use enough developer in the tank (not minimums). Times 10 to 12 minutes depending on what I want to do with the negative (scan or alt-process print). Give it a go if you feel so inclined.

Another nice developer is Formulatory TFX-2.



Steve Gledhill
28-Aug-2009, 11:50
Everyone has their own times / dilutions / agitations / etc so you'll just have to do the spadework and find what works for you.
For what it's worth, I do my Tmax 400 in XTOL @ 1+2 for 9 minutes in my rotary Jobo and it gives me negatives perfect for scanning.