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    Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    I have noticed that the fomapan 100 appears to have quite bad shadow detail ... and not just that but the shadows appear quite grainy as well (Processed in xtol). As a possible solution, I though I might try shooting the Foma at iso 50 and seeing whether that improves the shadow detail.. would do you thing of this strategy?

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    I did extensive tests on Arista Edu Ultra 100 sheet film, which is basically rebranded Foma. I preferred exposing at EI 50, then dev'ing at the standard EI/ISO 100 settings. There was a great deal more shadow detail, and the highlights were still well-managed (though you have to be more careful, obviously).

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    I do exactly as BDT mentions with the same results.

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    Honestly I shoot more for 25 when I use this film. Part of that might be me using D23 which sacrifices a bit of speed compared to MQ developers, though.
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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    In the Landscape picture thread on page 234 there are a couple of shots developed in Rodinal. When I saw these I thought I aught to check the film out.

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    I rate it at 50 iso and rotary process it in Pyrocat HD for 9:21. If processing in a small tank I develop it for 11 minutes. It gives plenty of shadow detail and manageable highlights with this combo. Its a shame that the quality is inconsistent.

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    These are three 8x10 pictures on Fomapan 100 (shot ISO 100), developed in Rodinal. I think they are fine:







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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    Because I'd heard reports of it's high contrast etc I did a series of tests before using Fomapan 100.

    My experience mirrors others it builds up contrast very quickly so development need to be cut back and exposure increase, so like Scotty I use it at 50 EI and 11 minutes in Pyrocat HD 1+1_100 @ 20°C. That tames the film nicely and I get excellent shadow detail.

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    I tried Fomapan 100 for the first time and shot at EI50 and still found the negs a little short on shadow detail. I'll try some at EI32 the next time I go out. I developed at 1:1:100 in Pyrocat HD rotary @ 18°C for 14 minutes. The longer development time is for building the density needed for Pd/Pt and other alt process printing.

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    Re: Fomapan 100 shoot at iso 50? Anyone?

    My net .10 density put it right at 100. I was surprised, but it works!!

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