Paterson FX 39 anyone?

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Just wondering. Does anyone here use Paterson FX 39 developer?

Hoping for some comments, views, thoughts on the developer.

I was thinking of using it on these films:
Fuji Neopan Acros 100
Agfa APX 100
Ilford Delta 100

Thoughts and discussions appreciated.
jin
 

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I've not used it, but Steve Anchell's "Film Developing Cookbook" recommends developing Agfa APX 100 with an FX 39 dilution of 1:9 at ISO 100 for 8 minutes and Delta 100 with an FX 39 dilution of 1: 9 at ISO 100 for 7 minutes. I've used the "Cookbook"s recommendations for several years on a number of films and have yet to find his recommendations to be wrong. Unfortunately, the book was released before Fuji produced Acros 100, so there is no reference to it.
 

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Jin,
I use the FX-39 developer with the TMY (1:9, 8:30 minutes @ 20F). It is high acutance developer well suited for T-grain films and like it better than D-76 and Tmax developers (for T-grain films). I have not compared it with xtol, since I do not want to buy the developer in such a large quantity.

I recently started using Pyrocat HD with regular films but have not experimented it with T-grain films.
 

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I havn't used it myself, but I've seen prints from it with FP4+ that look like MF or 4x5 enlargements. Seems to be good stuff. Although I hear it doesn't last terribly long after you open the bottle.
 

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Silverpixels5 said:
Although I hear it doesn't last terribly long after you open the bottle.

Actually, I have used the stock solution for around 6-8 months after the bottle is opened, without any problems.

BTW, it is a one-shot developer.
 

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Shesh said:
Actually, I have used the stock solution for around 6-8 months after the bottle is opened, without any problems.

BTW, it is a one-shot developer.


I've been using this stuff for almost all my 35mm work. It is noticeably sharper than any other developer I have tried. including Rodinal, and if you use it at the 1:14 dilution with the 1:9 recommended times with an extra stop of exposure, you will get negatives that almost print themselves. Delta 400 @EI250 and FX-39 1:14 for 11 minutes@70deg is just about perfect in my book. I also use it with Tmax 3200@EI1200 for 14 minutes at 1:9. Crisp, non-mushy grain and very nice gradation. It is worth a try even if you are a die-hard Rodinal fan.
 

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Oh, Clay! What have you done? You do realize you will need to stay in an underground bunker until the wrath of the High Priest, Morten subsides. :wink:
 

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I have used it for several years, apart from a period when it was difficult to find in Australia. I started using it after seeing a review in Practical Photography (UK), when it was a good magazine. In comparison tests with most of the standard developers it exhibited the finest grain. I also have found no problem in using it even 10 or 12 months after opening.
 

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I posted recently regarding Paterson Aculux 2. I thought it had superb tonality with TMAX100 and the stuff is cheap. It looks like paterson devs are perhaps underrated/appreciated. I wanted to know if there were any other devs similar to aculux 2 that I could either make myself from raw chems or buy in bigger bottles (those 500ml bottles are too small for my needs). Roger Hicks is a fan of FX 39 with modern films - mostly delta 100 for him I think.

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Last year I was able to get Paterson developers from Jessops. Back in germany I get them from Fotoimpex/Berlin.

Regards,

Wolfram
 

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I know this is a positively ancient thread -- but is FX-39 still available in some form in the USA, or do I need to roll my own? Used it very successfully in the past and now have time to do my own developing and printing again.
 

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I contacted Paterson about FX-39 availability in the US and they responded by stating that all of their previous distributors in the US refused to carry the developer. I also complained to Paterson about Silverprint's reluctance to ship FX-39 out of the UK and they gave me a flippant response essentially summed up as "too bad". Nice service.
 

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I understand that FX-39 is becoming available again. I have not used FX-39, but I have used FX-37, which Crawley says is similar, a fair amount. FX-37 is an outstanding developer for both T grain and regular films. It is a bit more complicated to compound than other film developers, and guidelines are not available for many films. That is why I haven't used it more regularly. FX-39 is presumably improved somewhat as well as being designed for manufacturing and dry storage. It comes conveniently packaged, and instructions are available for a lot of films. It should be excellent.
 

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don't tease

Are you telling me FX-39 is back! That would be great news. Really good stuff. Very HP5 friendly.

I'm remaining skeptical for the time being though...
 

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When I shoot 35mm T grain films, I like to process them in fx-37. I DIY mix it, and find that it stores well. I try to store it in smaller bottles, that have kept viable for several months before being diluted to be used at 1:3.

I have not mixed it up for a while, becuase I am moving to traditional grain films more often for 35mm.
 

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I mean to order some from Ag Photographic, they don't state the volume of the bottle. Anyone knows in what size bottles it comes in?
 

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Are you telling me FX-39 is back! That would be great news. Really good stuff. Very HP5 friendly.

I'm remaining skeptical for the time being though...

woops, I was actually remembering Acutol as so nice with HP5... FX39 I did like with TMZ however. Good stuff still.
 

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How long can I keep it unopened. Bought a 1 litre bottle (black plastic) and stored it at room temperature. Still usable?
 

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There is a post here at APUG about FX-37 which might be of interest:

(there was a url link here which no longer exists)

Crawley apparently stated that FX-37 is the closest published formula to FX-39.

The benzotriazole can be eliminated if the bromide is doubled to 1g in the stock solution.
 

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I brought this up to let everyone know that we made the decision to keep FX-39 developer allive after Paterson decided to stop the production.
We will manufacture it in house now on a smaller scale which ramps up the price but I think we can still make a competitive offer.
In order to keep the price per unit within reason we decided to bottle it in 500ml (just like our Adonal/Rodinal).
The price per bottle will be around 8 EUR.
This yields about 20 films, so 40 cents per film.

The product will be available in about 2-3 weeks if all goes well with the new production.

Kind Regards,

Mirko
 
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