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    Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    Alas, I cannot afford TMY-2 in 8x10. What alternative would give the highest true film speed?
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I've always been very fond of Ilford's HP5+, but I shoot it at 200.
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    In 120 people regularly push HP5 as high as 3200 with pretty good results. I'd say this film won't even sneeze at 1600, that would be my go to for speed. Tri-X 320 similarly will push well, though I think the Kodak stuff is a lot over priced these days.

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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    Thanks, Guys. In multiple tests with various formats, TMY-2 gives me an EI of 500 with N development in DS-10. I've never used much HP5+. I'll pick up a box. Currently I'm shooting FP4+, but in my system it's an EI 50 film, slower than Delta 100. Way back in the early 1990s, I shot Tri-x rated at EI 200. I have a photo in mind where a fast film would be best.
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I worked at Kodak with a brilliant engineer, who in a past life had been the crew chief for an Indianapolis racing team.
    Once, in a similar situation, he posed the classic question.
    "Speed costs money- how fast do you want to go?"
    All kidding aside, a valid question.... really just a matter of how much shadow detail you are willing to sacrifice.

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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I agree with Mark. if you want to "increase the speed" of any film, YOU MUST SACRIFICE THE SHADOWS!

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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I don’t want to push film. If there’s nothing faster than hp5+, barring tmy-2, then I’ll use the Ilford film.
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I've always used HP5 in 8x10 up to the end of the eighties. Interestingly I just unwrapped 8x10 HP5 (not +) that's been in my freezer 25 years. I wonder if my 8x10 holders are loaded?

    Acufine will legit add 1/2 stop shadow filmspeed.
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    HP5 is OK at 400 in moderate contrast scenes. In higher contrast situations you really need to support the shadows with more exposure; so in such cases, it's at least a stop slower than TMY for all practical purposes. "Pushing" it at even higher rated speeds simply amputates even more zones from the bottom end - counterproductive.

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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    Like Daniel mentioned, you can get a bit more real speed from Acufine. Great developer for that usage. Cheaper than the difference between a box of HP5 and TMY!
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