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    Delta 100... Xtol or ID-11?

    I'm going to try out some Delta 100 in 4x5. I process my sheet film in a slosher that holds 6 sheets at a time in an 11x14 tray. I'd like to use either Xtol or ID-11 and either at the 1:3 dilution. Anyone have any experience using either developer with this film? I'm looking for sharpness and great tonality. I'm not after really super duper fine grain. Thanks!

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    Re: Delta 100... Xtol or ID-11?

    I've used both and prefer Xtol. I usually dilute 1:3 or 1:2 in 120. You might also consider a non-solvent developer as well. Delta 100 grain is pretty fine.

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    Re: Delta 100... Xtol or ID-11?

    Xtol was developed with Tabular grain films in mind. Although both will work fine, I think the XTOL will give you better sharpness and it is less toxic.
    My photos are always without all that distracting color

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    Re: Delta 100... Xtol or ID-11?

    Well, I haven't tried either of those devs but, I use Ilford DDX and get stunning negs. At 1+4, I get a time of 12 mins at 20°C which gives me plenty of time latitude especially when pulling film. One of the best negs I ever printed was taken on Delta 100 with around 10-11 stops of range; developed for 8:30, it captured everything from shadow to highlight and also minute detail.

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    Re: Delta 100... Xtol or ID-11?

    I'm a DD-X fan, too, but it might get a little expensive with a slosher in an 11x14 tray.

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