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Welcome to all users of ADOX films, papers and chemistry!

ADOX Dr. Schleussner Fotowerke were the first photochemical factory in the world, founded in 1860. They were the first to invent thin layer films and double anti-halation coating, both of which led to increased image sharpness.

ADOX market one type of colour film, ADOX Color Implosion, eight different types of black and white still films, CMS, CHS, CHS II, CHM, Pan 25, Pan 400, Ortho, and Silvermax, and one type of black and white movie film, PAN-X Reverso Super8.

ADOX Color Implosion is a new film from ADOX with an unusual modified colour palette. It is a 35mm film which can be developed using the widely available C-41 standard colour negative process. The colours obtainable with the film will depend on the exposure index used. When exposed at ISO 400/27° the colours implode resulting in a muted colour palette, similar to the instant films of yesteryear, and the images have a very pronounced "toxic grain". When exposed at ISO 200/24° the reds suddenly explode while greens and blues remain the same. At ISO 100/21° the film renders beautifully surreal 70's summer colours, while the "toxic grain" now becomes yellow and not as prominent.

CMS (Cubic Monodispersed Single-layer) 20 is the world's sharpest and most fine grained film in existence. This is possible because the emulsion of the single layer is only one grain thick. It is recommended for processing in Adotech CMS developer.

The CHS (Cubic Heterodispersed Single-layer) films contain old school ultra high silver content emulsions made according to the original ADOX formulations of the 40's and 50's. They are coated on dip and dunk machines which facilitate the manufacture of small micro lots, practically ensuring that a continually fresh supply of ADOX film will be available even at low volume. Two of the films, CHS 25 and CHS 50 have orthopanchromatic sensitivity which is typical of films from that period of time, whilst CHS 100 has a spectral sensitivity similar to modern panchromatic films.

CHS II are a new line of films meant to replace the now discontinued CHS line. Their characteristics have been designed to match as closely as possible the original CHS films, meaning the following have been retained:
• classic cubic grain structure
• spectral sensitivity characteristics as close as possible to the original CHS films
• single layer, high silver content emulsion
• the same polyethylene base material including the option of reversal processing
• an optimised backside coating to fully prevent light piping
• a special anti halation layer between the emulsion and base for enhanced sharpness
• a wide range of formats from 35mm to medium format to ultra large format

In addition, a state-of-the-art cascade coating has been developed which avoids all problems associated with the older single-pour method of producing CHS films.

CHM (Cubic Heterodispersed Multi-layer) films use a material which originates from England and is manufactured by ADOX. CHM 125 and 400 are very similar to Ilford FP4 Plus and HP5 Plus.

ADOX Pan 25 is a slow speed film for those who prefer full panchromatic sensitivity (400 - 650 nm), whereas CHS 25 is orthopanchromatic (400 - 600 nm).

ADOX Pan 400 is a film developed by ADOX together with former AGFA engineers that reproduces the former AGFA APX 400. These engineers managed to remanufacture a new APX while avoiding the weaknesses of the old emulsion. The emulsion is being made on genuine AGFA equipment and coated on AGFA´s former coating line now owned by a new company.

ADOX Ortho films are typical orthochromatic films, being red blind and only sensitive to the blue-green portion of the spectrum (400 - 550 nm).

ADOX Silvermax films have an increased silver content compared to regular negative films. This enables the film to build up a maximum density (DMAX) of greater than 4.0 if reversal developed or reproduce up to 14 zones in ADOX Silvermax Developer if developed as a negative. In this way Silvermax captures everything from the brightest highlights to the deepest shadows. Silvermax is incredibly sharp due to its anti-halation layer between the emulsion and the base. Contrast detail is enhanced by this as well. Silvermax features an extremely fine grain, comparable to tabular-crystal films. Its speed and covering effect come from the high silver content. Silvermax is coated onto a clear triacetate base.

PAN-X Reverso Super8 is a true reversal B&W film which can be run in any Super8 projector right after developing. It is the ADOX alternative for those seeking a replacement for the discontinued Kodak Plus-X. It can be developed using the standard Kodak D-94A process.

ADOX make several types of photographic papers. The MCP and MCC papers are produced on the original AGFA machinery which ADOX purchased from the liquidator of AgfaPhoto in Leverkusen and are identical in all respects to the former AGFA MCP and MCC papers. MCP are resin coated neutral tone variable contrast papers, while the MCC are fibre based neutral tone baryta papers of variable contrast. Fine Print Vario Classic is a triple weight fibre based neutral tone baryta paper with variable contrast. Fine Print Variotone is a fibre based warm tone baryta paper also of variable contrast.

ADOX Adolux® APH 09 is a black and white film developer based on the original Rodinal formulation from 1918 ("das Ur-Rodinal"). APH 09 produces negatives with extreme sharpness and causes high acutance and edge effect. It is ideally suited for large format negatives or fine grain films.

ADOX Adonal is a black and white film developer which is identical to the current formulation of Rodinal.

ADOX Adotech CMS II is a black and white film developer specially formulated for the Adox CMS II films. It enhances highlight differentiation and straightens the curve of CMS II film.

ADOX Atomal ATM 49 is a black and white ultrafine grain film developer which gives results similar to the original AGFA Atomal and Calbe A49.

ADOX Silvermax developer is a black and white film developer which has been optimised for use with ADOX Silvermax film. When this combination is used, Silvermax is capable of reproducing up to 14 zones of tonal range.

ADOX FX-39 For sharp images with excellent contrast control. FX-39 is based on Willi Beutler´s formula for Neofin Rot (Neofin Red), but was further developed by Geoffrey Crawley. Makes very good use of the film’s full ISO-rating. It’s possible to double the film's ISO by adjusting the development times. FX-39 can be used in various dilutions in order to develop low-sensitivity films with at least 6 minutes developing time. Especially good for films up to ISO 200. Well suited for school photography because of the high equalizing power, low toxicity (no GLS labeling necessary) and ease of use (liquid concentrated one-shot developer).

Please tag your images to show which ADOX film, paper or chemistry you used. Additionally if using ADOX film or paper, it would be nice if you can include the developer used.

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