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    Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    Quote Originally Posted by braxus View Post
    There are rumors that Shanghai GP3 is the same film as Catlabs X80. Who you argue with will vary on this rumor if its true or not. I shot a roll of X80 on my medium format camera at 80 ISO and it was very underexposed. I have a box of GP3 in 8x10, but not sure what to expose that for. 32 ISO maybe?
    ISO 32 is about right. Exposing at 80 ASA will give poor results with ZERO shadow information.

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    Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    I don’t know about the sheet film version, but the 35mm Catlabs film (320) is just repackaged Kodak Double X 5222 movie film, same as Cinestill.

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    Greg, just looked at Cinestill

    Have you tried their kits? E6?

    https://cinestillfilm.com/collection...atory-supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    I donít know about the sheet film version, but the 35mm Catlabs film (320) is just repackaged Kodak Double X 5222 movie film, same as Cinestill.
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    Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Greg, just looked at Cinestill

    Have you tried their kits? E6?

    https://cinestillfilm.com/collection...atory-supplies
    I'm not Greg haha and this is a bit off topic to the original post, but I can chime in. I tried it and found the kit very good for what it is. It's a 3-bath kit (compared to a 6-bath) so the typical debate about blix and retained silver comes into play. However what I REALLY like is that you can buy the chemicals separately since they all have different shelf lives - you don't have to buy an entire kit everytime. That's super convenient and I'm very glad to see someone finally doing this for the small batch kits.

    As far as the different developers, I had some mixed results and will probably use the Daylight (standard) developer most of the time. However, when the Dynamic worked, it REALLY worked. It is something you'll have to know and decide to use though - I'm not sure the dynamic range claims quite hold up either.

    That said, I ended up winning a local photo contest here from a 4x5 I shot of a sunrise and developed in Dynamic and ended up with a few other 4x5 slides that I literally just had to scan in and leave completely untouched. But likewise, I found it could end up being too warm and it did depend on the film used. I need to do more experiments there.

    Overall though, yeah I rather liked the kit and will continue to use it in the future. Now, if I shot some slide that was really really important, I would probably consider having that sent off to a professional lab. But I dunno, my practical results were pretty great.

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    Good info

    I have a lot expired sealed LF Chrome

    This will work for me

    Thank you!
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    Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    Just finish running 120 roll film tests of Catlabs 80 using the ole Fred Picker method. It cam out to 80 ASA for me with a good development time of 6:30 at 68 deg. In Rodinal 1:25. So it looks to me as if the development times given are long. The negatives print well using grade 2 paper.


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