Film and developer combo. Your choices are...

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  1. baachitraka

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    My choices are...

    PanF+ & Rodinal 1+100 (5ml + 500ml) full-stand. After reading shaping tone curve with rodinal article I will go with 1+50 with minimal agitation.

    Also, I am happy with HP5+ @ Atomal 49 1+1 for 10mins.

    Currently I am picking up the pieces to build the darkroom and this question would have been more appropriate in combo with paper but...
     
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    HP5+/D3200 - DDX

    Efke50/Rodinal 1:50



    1xOm2MD, 1xOM2s, 1xOM2n...Zuiko 80mmf4 macro w/bellows/M645 :D:D
     
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    my favorite is old expired ( 5-7 years out of date )
    tmy or tri x sheet film stand developed in
    instant coffee, spiked with washing soda, vit c and a splash of 1+ year old ansco 130 ...
    processed until it is bullet proof
    then contact printed on ilford fbmg ( or rc ) using a 300watt flood light .. processed in
    expired ansco 130 dilute 1:2ish
     
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    CHS art films, especially iso 25, any format, in Pyrocat-HD. Followed by TMY shot at 200 developed in Rodinal 1+50 any format, mostly 4x5 though.
     
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    Delta 100 & 400, also HP5 developed in Pyrocat HD, also Fomapan 100 & 200 and EFKE 25 in Pyrocat.

    Alternatively Rodinal or Xtol but the Pyrocat negatives are slightly easier to print

    Ian
     
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    I have always wanted to try Pyrocat HD
     
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    @Michael, I was very beginner at that time and I really do not know which developer to pick.
     
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    baachitraka

    it seems like it would be a good thing
    to pick 1 film and a basic developer ( and a paper and basic developer ) that are available where you live ..
    and use that film and developer ( and paper/developer ) for a year or maybe two, to learn all
    what your film/paper and developers have to offer you. then you will be
    able to use your camera, film / paper " in unison " to achieve negatives
    suited to you .

    what tends to happen is people get side tracked using 10 different films, 10 different developers, 10 different papers, 10 different developers
    and come up for air a year or 2 later wondering why they are in the same place they started ...

    its good to know and be able to predict how your "photographic system" will work in a variety of different situations
    and using 1 developer/film/paper is a very good way of doing that ...

    good luck !
    john
     
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    i really like fomapan 100 in beutler
     
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    HC-110 is my developer. I've been using 1 + 49 recently (essentially the same as dilution E).

    I'm trying to transition to a replenishment regime. I have some HC-110 replenisher, and when that runs out, I intend to try to make use of the observations in the HC-110 replenishment thread to use HC-110 instead: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/91938-replenishing-hc-110-a.html

    As far as film is concerned, my use and preferences are, in descending order:

    1) Plus-X in 120:sad:;
    2) TMY-2 in 120;
    3) Plus-X in 135:unsure:;
    4) TMax-100 in 120 and 135 (may have to become a work in progress).
     
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    I like (for 35mm):

    Tri-X with Xtol (stock up to iso400, 1+1 @iso 800)
    HP5 (same as Tri-X)
    Neopan 1600 (Xtol 1+1 @ iso 800 and 1600)
     
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    Tri-X 400 in Rodinal 1+50 (13min15sec) is my main combo right now.
     
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    Ilford FP4+ or HP5+ and Ilfotec HC 1:47. I've been using only this combination for years and it works well for me. Best of all, the film and developer are available right here in town!!!
     
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    I like to use T-Max 400 and T-Max developer.

    Jeff
     
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    I read a piece many years ago by John Sexton on TMAX films, and he said something to the effect of "after using TMAX films for two years now, I am beginning to get intimately aware" of the emulsion. It's so true. We think we can do a roll here and a roll there and get some consistency in our work. Great artists know their materials, their strengths and limitations, and they max them out.

    That being said, I periodically switch from TMAX to HP5, but still use Diafine. No one can tell the difference. I can't even tell the difference. So I think the endless obsession with film and developers is a bit overdone. Ansel used TriX. Avedon used TriX. Callahan used TriX. Salgado used TriX. etc. Does their work look at all alike?
     
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    FP4 & HP5, both in ID-11 1:1. I occasionally throw some Tri-x in there too.
     
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    Lately have been using Neopan Acros 120 developed with Ilford ID-11 1:1 and 35mm Kentmere 100 in Blazinal 1-50. Been quite happy with the results
     
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    I've been using ID11 exclusively, initially as it was the only dev stocked locally but I'm sticking with it for a while before I start experimenting with others, besides Acros comes up so nicely in it!