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    Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    This summer I did a series of long exposures seascapes with hp5 & fp4 with good results.
    I've read since, Acros is some reciprocity advantages.

    Is this film harder to get consistent results (hand process in a jobo) vs fp4 type film? I'm tempted to try it, even though it is pricy, as it is praised on this forum, which counts a bunch for me

    Thanks!

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Hi Serge,

    I've used Acros for many years, probably 87 Million exposures between roll and 4x5.
    I normally develop in Rodinal (the real stuff) at 1:50, although sometimes other dilutions.

    I love the results, to the point where it's been virtually my only film, certainly in this millenium.

    It has no practical reciprocity issues.
    It needs no compensation out to 120 seconds, and only 1/2 stop from there to 1000 seconds.

    The shoulder is really a straight line, so highlights don't blow out.

    I have very limited experience with FP4+.
    I do use it in 8x10 because Acros is not available here in the US in that size.
    I develop it in Rodinal, just like Acros. No issues that I've noticed.

    Regarding your Jobo, Rodinal might not be the best choice for that method.
    Other members have experience using the Jobo and other developers.

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    ...I do use it in 8x10 because Acros is not available here in the US in that size...
    Easy to get.



    There are other sources too.

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Acros is easily available from Japan through Kumar. I'm sure he'd be happy to ship out all you'd care to buy! I believe he recently was able to offer 8x10 Acros at a slight reduction vs his prior price making this film only a bit more expensive than Ilford 8x10 film.

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    I am also a customer of Kumar, and will continue to be into the future.

    He's an excellent vendor, prompt, courteous, and extremely helpful.

    My previous comment was strictly about the fact that none of the usual online US dealers stock 8x10 Acros.

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    Hi Serge,

    I've used Acros for many years, probably 87 Million exposures between roll and 4x5.
    I normally develop in Rodinal (the real stuff) at 1:50, although sometimes other dilutions.

    I love the results, to the point where it's been virtually my only film, certainly in this millenium.

    It has no practical reciprocity issues.
    It needs no compensation out to 120 seconds, and only 1/2 stop from there to 1000 seconds.

    The shoulder is really a straight line, so highlights don't blow out.

    I have very limited experience with FP4+.
    I do use it in 8x10 because Acros is not available here in the US in that size.
    I develop it in Rodinal, just like Acros. No issues that I've noticed.

    Regarding your Jobo, Rodinal might not be the best choice for that method.
    Other members have experience using the Jobo and other developers.

    - Leigh
    Hi Leigh,

    Thanks for the detailed response.
    Occasionally use DDX, but presently using Clayton F76 (recommended to me by Richard Ritter a few years back)
    I can't wait to try Acros now!

    Thanks again,

    Serge

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Quote Originally Posted by Serge S View Post
    This summer I did a series of long exposures seascapes with hp5 & fp4 with good results.
    I've read since, Acros is some reciprocity advantages.

    Is this film harder to get consistent results (hand process in a jobo) vs fp4 type film? I'm tempted to try it, even though it is pricy, as it is praised on this forum, which counts a bunch for me

    Thanks!
    It is no more difficult. Just get to know the film/developer combo.

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    Re: Acros ...is it harder to get consistent results vs fp4

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    It is no more difficult. Just get to know the film/developer combo.
    Good to know.
    Thanks

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