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    Dear everyone,

    I want to get some fun with this kind of film, but I don't know I can use the regular dev and fix for it, like rodinal or d76, or not? Please give me some hints or good links.

    Thank you so much!
    Truong

    Ps: I use the lens without shutter, that why...

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    Yes
    Use a hardening fixer
    Or use a tanning developer
    Or/and use hangers- the emulsion on the "other" side scratches almost by itself, for me.
    Jim Fitzgerald reports no scratches using Pyrocat HD and hangers.
    I report #@!@!!! scratches using flat bottom trays
    Try a search here- I'm no good at links
    As I've said before, YMMV, but start with an EI of 100-200 and develop with the juice of your choice at a time that's typical for the EI you choose. It's SOOOOO cheap that the cost of adjustments is very little- IIRC the cost of 8x10 blue XRay is cheaper than print paper by half.
    There is also some stuff over at APUG
    just do it

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    Hehehe.... that sound like good thing to try. I will use d76 and kodak fixer.

    Many thanks to you,

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    What is the sensitivity like?

    I.E is it orthochromatic so that it can be used under a red safelight?

    Thanks

    Glenn

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    I develop CXS green latitude under a red LED safelight with no problems. I use 4x5 hangers. In 8x10 the only way I figured out how to develop without scratches was to use a film bag.

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    I will try to make a box that the film is developed in vertical.

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    I suppose if I develop in an x-ray film developing machine I'll be good to go? My mom's a dentist and has a darkroom.

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    Be very careful when loading your film holders, too. I've scratched the bottom side of the film while inserting.
    I load/develop green xray film under an amber safe light with no problems.

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    Re: X-ray film develop and fix......

    I use mamo film regularly for xray work and use D19 1:1. I work in low contrast subjects but D19 works quite well. I suspect other developers like HC110 would work for lower neg contrast.

    I wonder if formalin would harden the emulsion. Formalin hardener was used for years in color processes. Also denatured ethanol will harden gelatin and might harden the emulsion.

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