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    choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    reading comments about 8x10 films, i've notice that most of the time people are speaking about contact print...

    i need to buy a film to start a new serie in BW.
    the goal is to make the best ultra large print possible
    i will shoot with an apo sironar s 300 and arca swiss camera
    the negative will be scan via an eversmart scanner
    and the print will be made on a large epson using photo rag matt and satin

    the subject will be a sort of still life

    speed is not a criteria of choice...

    I don't like the kodak way of treating customers... but if Tri X is the best solution, i will go for it...

    i was thinking of FP4 vs HP5


    the film will be develop manually, and i will go with ID11 or HC110... i don't want a complicated process...

    what's the best choice then ?

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    same questions but for urban landscapes by night...

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    What film do you use now? Are you using something that isn't available in 8x10 size?

    I'm a big fan of Fuji Acros, but 8x10 is only available from Japan. Otherwise, I personally don't have a firm opinion. Mind the reciprocity calculation during exposure, and you'll be fine.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    Quote Originally Posted by archivue View Post
    reading comments about 8x10 films, i've notice that most of the time people are speaking about contact print...

    i need to buy a film to start a new serie in BW.
    the goal is to make the best ultra large print possible
    i will shoot with an apo sironar s 300 and arca swiss camera
    the negative will be scan via an eversmart scanner
    and the print will be made on a large epson using photo rag matt and satin

    the subject will be a sort of still life

    speed is not a criteria of choice...

    I don't like the kodak way of treating customers... but if Tri X is the best solution, i will go for it...

    i was thinking of FP4 vs HP5


    the film will be develop manually, and i will go with ID11 or HC110... i don't want a complicated process...

    what's the best choice then ?
    Kodak TMY-2 processed in TMAX developer is a good bet. Try rotary processing 1:9 @75F for 8.5 minutes for very scannable negatives for your still lifes.

    Night photography is a different challenge for which I have no experience or advice with 8x10 but TMY-2 will be a good choice for night photos do to it's excellent reciprocity characteristics.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    In terms of resolution, if you are using f45 then that is going to be the limiting factor. Any films resolution will be greater than the lens in that case. I'd pick any film you can still find.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    I'd pick TMAX. Fine grain and high latitude, and good reciprocity characteristics, which is important for LF. TMAX400 is still the best, but I don't think you will be able to find any.
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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    How big are you printing?

    You can't get much better for the combination of grain and reciprocity than the TMAX films and for reciprocity the king is Fuji Acros film.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    I think Tri X or HP5 would be horrible choices for a high degree of enlargement - big grain. Just how big do you want to print? I'd rate the best choices in the following
    order: 100TMax, Fuji ACROS, FP4. Unfortunately, the first two choices are now disc
    in the US in 8x10, so you'll have to scramble to find the film. You could use Tech Pan
    but that's even harder to find in 8x10 since it was disc quite awhile ago. Another problem you will have is getting an even image plane. You'll need a vaccum or adhesive
    filmholder for the kind of critical focus needed for really big enlargements. The film sags a bit in conventional holders, especially if it's thin film base.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    How large will your prints be? Availability aside, my first choice would be Acros, followed by TMY-2, followed by anything else. I know I can make a grainless, sharp, 10X enlargement from Foma 400 developed in Halcyon, and I assume the same should be true of most other ISO 400 films. I would use Halcyon for large prints, regardless of the film I chose.

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    Re: choosing a 8x10 BW film for big digital enlargement

    If you can get 8x10 Kodak TMY-2 it would be my first choice since you could use it for both images and the reciprocity characteristics of TMY-2 will help for the night shot. If speed is not an issue then Ilford FP4+ would be a good choice. I have made 44x70 inch prints from 5x7 inch Ilford FP4+ negatives developed in Pyro PMK that have great detail and tonality at that large size.

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