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    X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    Hello all! So I'm thinking about switching over to X-ray film for use with the 4x5 and 5x7 cameras.

    I keep hearing about it. So to that end:

    Any direction with regard to the purchase of said film.

    Direction with regard to suitable developers: (I normally use D-76 for dev w/ HP5 400 -current sheet film being used)

    Is it known if it produces suitable negatives for Pt/Pd printing?

    Any other tidbits of info would be helpful and appreciated!

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    I currently use the Kodak RA (I think that is what its called) it is single sided emulsion, I rate it at 100 and process it in with d76 1:1 for around 6 minutes for normal contrast negatives, its a great film, I shoot it in 8x10, 100 sheets is around 90 dollars, you can get the double sided film much cheaper but you have to be careful when processing because its very easy to scratch, I have only shot the green sensitive film and have had really good luck with it. as far as reciprocity, anything over 1 sec just add a stop, so far I have shot it up to one hour and it was dead on. here are a couple of examples

    Blue Ridge Mountain Railway by john golden, on Flickr

    Blue Ridge Depot at night by john golden, on Flickr
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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    I guess no one else is going to say it: there's a whole thread for this topic-----all the information you will ever need, hundreds of pages with all sorts of good stuff.
    Ends here: http://www.largeformatphotography.in...images/page407
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    what he said.

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    I am going to say something different,the thread is 400 plus pages long and very difficult to use.

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    So start at the first page and read until you are tired of it. That's still a better idea than starting through the same stuff all over and thinking that everyone will happily repeat themselves for a lazy person. What I still do came from the first five pages of that solid-gold thread.

    Notice how no one is responding to this thread.....I'm pretty sure everyone is on the same page here.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    And, if you have any idea of something specific you're looking for--say, a particular film or developer use--you can search the original thread.

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan9940 View Post
    And, if you have any idea of something specific you're looking for--say, a particular film or developer use--you can search the original thread.
    With one exception, short strings of text like "d23" yield no results.

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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan9940 View Post
    And, if you have any idea of something specific you're looking for--say, a particular film or developer use--you can search the original thread.
    I'm a web developer and no stranger to computers & software, but I've yet to figure out how to search a specific thread. Plus the search function is limited to OR Boolean searches, further limiting its utility.

    Original poster: the single-emulsion film mentioned earlier is available here. Many on the forum rate it at EI80. Its limited spectral sensitivity causes it, like all ortho film, to lose speed when there is less blue light so outdoor shooting before 10AM or after 4PM will drop the EI considerably, as will working under tungsten lights. There's a lot more you need to know about it (e.g., don't work under an amber light, buy one of these instead), and until we get a FAQ sticky going, your best bet is the x-ray film thread.

    Best of luck and welcome to the wonderful world of x-ray film.
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    Re: X-Ray Film for photography Advice needed.

    The best way to search the forum is by putting this into google: site:largeformatphotography.info xray film in d-23

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