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    Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    Glad to be back, been away from LF for a while and low on film supplies. I am looking for suggestions on B&W film with good reciprocity. In the past I have used Acros and Efke PL25 with fantastic results. My supply of Efke is all but gone and while I can get Acros, it is expensive and with Fuji, well, I figured I would send out a feeler to see what you guys are using. I had heard that Delta 100's reciprocity is far better that Ilfords sheets say so I have a box coming for testing. Thoughts on others?

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

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    Ron, along with Delta 100... I would also take a look at Kodak T-MAX 400.


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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    Tmy!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    Actually I find HP-5+ pretty easy to figure out when it comes to reciprocity
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    I do have some HP5 that I use on rare occasions, I'll take a look. Thanks.

    Tim/John, I spent a few years with Tmax400 and I just do not care for it. Never came to love it like others do.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

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    Ron, that is so funny!
    I hear you...
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    I too, also do not personally like T-Max 400 (*Although it definitely is a great Product!).

    However, I find that it is... Just a bit too 'Clinical' -- For my taste!

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    Tim,

    YES. When I responded I was looking for a word to describe how I felt about tmax400. Clinical would describe it well.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    TMY-2. I don't think it's clinical. It's perfection. You do need to invest some time into how to best use it, though.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    Fuji Acros blows everything else out of the water.

    NO compensation required out to 120 seconds, then

    only 1/2 stop required out to 1000 seconds.

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    Re: Suggestions on 4x5 B&W film with good reciprocity characteristics

    Another vote for TMY2. While Acros is "better" in the reciprocity department, TMY2 will always (for anything less than "overnight") give you a shorter exposure than Acros because its reciprocity failure is never 2 stops worse than Acros'.

    If you don't want the t-grain straight-line look (Tmax, Acros, Delta), then you're going to suffer much worse reciprocity failure. I'd probably suggest TXP or HP5 as your next-best options for long exposures, but I prefer the look (and shorter exposures!) of TMY2.

    Using Rodinal on TMY2 will give you a less-clinical look IMHO.

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