Our friend at Cooking Film turned me on to Adox’s APH 09 developer via some forgotten post. Supposedly it’s the “old” formulation of Rodinal, thought it’s thought to have been tweaked a couple of years ago so that the old standard dilution of 1+40 is now 1+50. I assume that’s so you can reference contemporary Rodinal development times more easily, as the standards are in multiples of 25.
Anyway, we had a family vacation that gave me occasion to take quite a few rolls of film, and I developed two rolls of Tri-X and one roll of Plus-X (actually Arista Premium 400 and 100, respectively, which is rebadged Kodak film) in APH 09 to see what’s what.
I liked what I saw, but then again, I’m easy. I really need to do more of a controlled shoot-out between my standards and some outliers: Diafine, Rodinal, HC-110, and maybe throw in Dektol, D-76, Atomal 49 (note to self).
Adox recommends the film for sheet films for accutance and edge effects, fine-grain miniature and roll film for the same, and for zone system work. So my use wasn’t the developer’s strong suit (according to the manufacturer) anyway. Oh well. Dektol’s a paper developer, and I’ve used that to develop Tri-X.
I’ve got whole bottle of this stuff, so I’ll do some more work with this. My initial results are promising, but I would love to print some of this in a darkroom as well to really see what these negatives can do.
Adox APH 09 Arista Premium 100 & 400 developed together, using Rodinal times
1+50 dilution at 68F and 13 minutes
30 seconds initial agitation
4 inversions per minute subsequent agitation
1 minute water rinse (instead of stop bath)
Photographer’s Formulary TF-5 fixer, 5 minutes (based on strip test clearing in 2 minutes)
15 minute water rinse
1 minute Kodak Photo-Flo stir agitation
Hang to dry 2 hours, then scan
I bought the chemistry and film from this recipe from Freestyle Photographic. I don’t get any compensation from them, but if you can recommend this blog to one million of your closest friends, maybe someday they’ll give me a discount. In all seriousness, they support film photography, and I support them back.