Quote Originally Posted by dazdraperma View Post
Hi all,

just started LF today. Ilford HP5+ 400,
1. distilled water
2. D76 (stock) at 20C
3. Ilfostop (1:19) 30 sec
4. Ilfofixer (1:4) 5 min
5. tap water to wash off
6. Photoflo (5ml on 1000 ml

Problem: all of my developed films have a strange defect: 4-5 dots, on a straight line in the center of the frame (along the short, 4" side). Especially well visible on a film that I (unintentionally) failed to expose but developed in a usual way.
Hi the dots are where the center arm makes contact with the back of the film (the only place) and the are remnants of the anti-halation under those points of contact. they are not scratches Negatives that have already developed put them in a tray of fixer and those spots will disappear. to prevent them going forward agitate more aggressively when fixing during normal development .