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Ansco 30 X-Ray Film Developer

FormulasThis developer is recommended for use with Ansco X-Ray Film. Ansco 30 is also suitable for Ansco arial films as it is clean-working, has long life and gives high contrast.


Hot water (125F 0r 52C) 750 ml
Metol 3.5 g
Sodium Sulfite, anhydrous 60 g
Hydroquinone 9 g
Sodium Carbonate, monohydrated 40 g
Potassium Bromide 2 g
Water to make 1 L


Do not dilute for use.

Normal developing time at 68F (20C) for X-Ray Film, 6 minutes, for Non-Screen X-Ray Film, 8 minutes, for Ansco aerial films, 10-15 minutes depending upon the type of developing machine.


From Ansco Formulas for Black and White Film by GAF, 1948 – Formulas are provided for historical reference. They may not work well with modern films and papers. Some of the chemicals can be dangerous. As with all photographic processes, be careful.