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  1. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    I'm not trying anything. Non-panchromatically sensitized film doesn't "see" the way a beginner might expect, complicates metering and exposure index, and results in distorted tone reproduction. In...
  2. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    “Just fine” is a matter of opinion. Of course x-ray film can be exposed and processed. However it was not designed to be either exposed or processed in the ways most typically undertaken in the...
  3. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    Proper film is a cost of the hobby. Telling a newcomer (or anyone for that matter) to use x-ray film is bad advice. Sorry.
  4. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    I’d say start with 2-4 holders.

    While I’m giving my two cents, as much as this will irk some people, do yourself a favour and don’t mess with x-ray film. Use proper general purpose film.
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    Re: Price of Film Going Up

    Buy or buy not. There is no afford. Lol.
  6. Re: Article on digitalizing film with a digital camera, including color negatives

    It’s a process which seems to be gaining in popularity as a potentially better, and also more convenient alternative to flatbed scanning. I think there have been some other threads on here about it....
  7. Re: Article on digitalizing film with a digital camera, including color negatives

    I agree. They are glazing materials after all, not optical flats, so the glass itself might be less than perfect, and the coating process is not going to be up to the standards of optical components,...
  8. Re: Article on digitalizing film with a digital camera, including color negatives

    Assuming imperfect contact, reducing reflection and/or increasing scatter are the ways of suppressing Newton ring formation. Typical ANR glass goes the second route. The challenge in that case has...
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    Re: De Ionizing Air gun?

    There’s no hair on my negatives. Actually I’ve never found dust to be a problem when printing. It’s only something to worry about when it comes to loading film holders and during film exposure. I...
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    Re: De Ionizing Air gun?

    Why don’t you just work in your clean room?
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    Re: Butane for developer preservation

    I suggest not bothering with any of this, including using your breath, which will do virtually nothing. Use some smaller bottles, or simply use a developer with better keeping properties.
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    Re: New Autofocus 4x5"

    Cool. I’d love to have autofocus on my view camera.
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    Re: 51 Gallons Distilled

    When I saw the title of the thread I thought of something else. :D
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    Re: How Did We Come To LF?

    Mostly the work of George Tice, Mark Citret, Stephen Shore and a few others that made me want to try LF.
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    Re: Rodinal spots on Fuji HR-U

    Odd. Example posted by OP looks like pepper fog, but Rodinal shouldn't do that.
  16. Re: BTZS / TMAX / XTOL 1:1 Film Density Test Question

    This is true. Stephen's Delta-X paper is a good one for the newcomer, showing how the Delta-X criterion is "hiding in plain sight" within the ISO standard. The ISO triangle can be viewed as a special...
  17. Re: BTZS / TMAX / XTOL 1:1 Film Density Test Question

    The shape of the curve looks normal to me. It is largely because that is what the TMX 100 curve does. If you look at the attached (bottom section for TMX) you can see XTOL is only slightly different...
  18. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    You have to admit you at least liked the nice orange colour of part A that went clear with part B ;)
  19. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    It’s not about enjoying sensitometry. Of course that isn’t what photography is about. But it’s a useful way of objectively comparing and characterizing the tone reproduction of materials, processes...
  20. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    John,

    The graphs are not esoteric lab gobbledygook. They are simple sensitometry, directly applicable to everyday normal use. Expose film, develop film, read densities. I know you don’t like...
  21. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Well, my post wasn’t only intended as support for XTOL. The point I was really making is that particularly concerning large format film, good old D-76/ID-11 will produce results virtually...
  22. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Here are some examples. 223297 Other films such as FP4, HP5, Tri-X behave the same way.

    Relative to D-76/ID-11, XTOL has has the following characteristics:

    1) Very slightly finer grain (almost...
  23. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    XTOL will produce nearly identical tonality to D-76/ID-11.
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    Re: BTZS Tubes in daylight

    Developer/development has a mild desensitizing effect, which means you should be ok moving quickly from developer to stop bath in dim, indirect light. This will depend on the film, the amount of...
  25. Re: Question for chemistry--especially D-23--experts

    Time compensation for unreplenished re-use depends on the developer and on variables including solution volume, and this assumes stock solution strength (such as your Microphen example). From a...
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    That’s true. Point taken. :)
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Gas burst, like other processes, has many variables. It needs to be carefully designed, and flexible enough so that it can be adjusted for different films, film formats and chemistry. As with...
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Uniformity on this one looks pretty good. Perhaps Rodinal will help OP at least partially.
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Most people don’t realize how non-uniformly developed their sheet film is. It is usually only apparent when there are large areas of uniform exposure. Even then, as long as it isn’t terrible it is...
  30. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Apparently the pandemic etc. and global supply issues have caused a lot of delays getting these products from Sino Promise. According to some retailers no Kodak chemistry is being shipped from China...
  31. Re: Moving to Ilford from Kodak, begrudgingly…

    I suggest OP not overthink this. People make way too much out of the differences between B&W films when it comes to the first tier offerings. Most of the control is in printing anyway and you end up...
  32. Re: Moving to Ilford from Kodak, begrudgingly…

    Delta 100 is an excellent film. I’ve used a good amount of it in 4x5. The wild card is your developer. When developed in most general purpose developers, the Delta 100 characteristic curve is...
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    Re: Canadian Chemical Supplier for Diafine

    Alphachem in Mississauga.
  34. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    The “sudden death” thing was eventually traced to the envelopes for the 1l packets.

    XT-3 is essentially a clone with XTOL’s borate buffer replaced with a more environmentally friendly one....
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    Re: 90mm f8 vs 5.6

    My short focal length lenses (90mm and 72mm) are both f/5.6 and I find it difficult to see beyond the center in low light (which is usually the condition I’m shooting under). If I were going back in...
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    Re: "Remembering Brett Weston"

    Time to watch the movie again. My old DVD copy.
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    Re: Music as analogy for LF photography

    Don’t forget the myth of the meritocracy, not to mention terribly low standards for what constitutes exceptionalism. Nasty...
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    Re: Music as analogy for LF photography

    Nice try with the “anti-culture” bit and throwing someone like Einstein in with Musk, which is preposterous. Sad.
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    Re: Music as analogy for LF photography

    Yes indeed, and this jerk gives the Kodak Elon a bad name! :)
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    Re: Music as analogy for LF photography

    I’m sick and tired of that ghoul and his pearls of “wisdom”.
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