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    What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    I developed 4 sheets of HP5 @400 in Ilfosol yesterday and the results were not good!
    I haven't had this issue before, check the photos to see what I mean.

    I tried re-fixing and rewashing them just now, but no luck. I read that not enough time fixing could be the issue.


    But it seems to not be a fixing issue?

    Any help is much appreciated as I'd like to avoid this happening again.

    I developed using a 445 stearman tank with Ilfosol, ilford stop and fixer, all at 20 C

    Another thing to note is one of the 4 sheets I developed came out fine, which I'm just confused by. the other negatives are so dark.

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Infosol was the very first developer I used 10 years ago when returning to film

    I found better
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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Reversal process?

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    I think unfixed negs are best described as 'milky' rather than 'cloudy'. Looking at your images they look more like uneven development. Did you develop all 4 sheets at once?

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    I did, yes. Usually I do 2 at a time. This was the first time using both sides of the 2 holders the tank came with.

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Smith View Post
    I think unfixed negs are best described as 'milky' rather than 'cloudy'. Looking at your images they look more like uneven development. Did you develop all 4 sheets at once?
    I did, yes. Usually I do 2 at a time. This was the first time using both sides of the 2 holders the tank came with.

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Looks like uneven development to me, too. What version holders are you using? Are you sure you loaded the holders with the emulsion side facing out? What agitation technique do you use? Do you use a water pre-wash? Assuming you've successfully developed negatives in the Stearmann tank in the past, has anything changed about your development routine?

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Negatives sticking together partly during development?
    I've had something like this happening when loading Combi-Plan tank full (6 sheets) and not being easy with agitation. Sheet with emulsion side facing outwards (not another film) might bu just fine.

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jojje View Post
    Negatives sticking together partly during development?
    It must be something like this (or maybe something went wrong in-camera?).

    OP said one of the four sheets came out fine. That means it cannot have been a problem with the chemicals.

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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Was the shot that turned out fine also taken directly into the sun?

    What do the edges of the negative look like? The edges should be clear since they would be protected by the film holder. If the edges are dark too, it could be a development or fixer issue.

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