Foma, Ilford and Kodak resources

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by michael_r, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. michael_r

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    In the old days, before the internet, people would often read publications by Kodak, Ilford etc on how to develop film, how to print etc. In many cases, particularly for the beginner, these publications can serve as excellent starting points before venturing into discussions with other photographers about how to do things.

    Ilford and Kodak have a variety of resources online. I think they are great not only for beginners but for photographers at any skill level. Unfortunately, Kodak's publications are not nearly as easy to get to as Ilford's. They are buried pretty deep in Kodak's website. So I thought it might be of value to compile a series of links in one place where people can easily find and access them. This is not a comprehensive list of all the available current publications, but I tried to include the most broadly useful material. People can then explore at will.

    Processing film - basics

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/200629163442455.pdf

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/aj3/aj3.pdf

    Processing - any level

    Pathways to Black and White
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f2/f2.pdf

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/o3/o3.pdf

    Processing Kodak films
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/edbwf/edbwf.pdf

    Darkroom design

    Darkroom design for beginners
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/ak3/ak3.pdf

    Safelights and testing

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/2011427111757603.pdf

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/ti0845/ti0845.pdf

    How safe is your safelight?
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/products/techInfo/k4/k4Facts.shtml

    Printing - basics/beginner

    Making Your First Black and White Print
    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/20114271321242292.pdf

    Printing - any level

    Contrast Control
    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/2010628932591755.pdf

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/o3/o3.pdf

    Storage and care of materials before/after processing

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/products/techInfo/e30/e30.pdf

    Characteristics of films

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/applications/page.asp?n=66

    X-ray fog

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis98/cis98.pdf

    Other and/or more advanced topics

    ISO and Exposure Index
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis185/cis185.pdf

    Basic Sensitometry Workbook
    http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uplo...en_motion_education_sensitometry_workbook.pdf

    Specific Gravity and pH of Kodak Chemistry
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis61/cis-61.pdf

    Other

    Fuji tech data
    For all films. Includes additional info. such as simplified definitions/explanations of MTF, RMS Granularity, Resolving Power.

    http://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/ProfessionalFilmDataGuide.pdf
     
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    Thank you Michael for this compilation!!
     
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    Yes, thanks. This is a great resource in and of itself!
     
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    Thanks Michael R 1974,

    This list is great!
     
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    great job!
     
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    This would be a good sticky.
     
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    Thanks for posting!
     
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    My thanks as well. All the PDF 's are now resident on my Kindle Fire for portable reference. :smile:
     
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    Very helpful. Thanks for posting these.
     
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    Really well done, Michael. I could never find anything useful about Kodak other than what I had read here on APUG. Now I have a small library thanks to you

    pentaxuser
     
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    I hope people find these informative.

    By the way - in the first Ilford link I posted about the basics of film development, there is a handy developer comparison chart on page 3. I don't recall seeing this chart in any of the more specific tech publications for the individual liquid and powder developers, so this is another one of those lesser known things which may prove useful in discussions about the relative working characteristics of Ilford's film developers. The table is sort of analogous to that Kodak developer comparison diagram with the diamond-shaped "sliders" roughly comparing sharpness, graininess, and speed.

    I also highly recommend the the links above to Kodak's "Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts" (for negatives and printing) and this additional link I forgot to paste in:

    Basic Sensitometry and Characteristics of Film
    http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uplo...etters_filmEss_06_Characteristics_of_Film.pdf

    It is more basic than the "workbook" version and discusses film characteristics such as graininess and granularity, sharpness, resolving power and spectral sensitivity.

    And of course the safelight tests from both Ilford and Kodak...
     
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    Thanks Michael great deed.
     
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    Posting a reply so I can find this no matter what, good job!
     
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    Very useful. I think I still have a binder with many of these publications (though out of date) picked up at local photo store. Years ago this information was not so hidden - even on their website.
     
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    Thanks, Michel. I morn the passing of the great Kodak booklets. They covered so many things, from simple to advanced. My Dad had several binders with them, which I have now. Of course, many of the materials are no longer available, but the methods are still good.
     
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    Helpful information. Thanks.
     
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    Very useful info Michael, and great to have all in one place, thanks!

    Griz :smile:
     
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    Awesome, thank you.
     
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    Excellent job!
     
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    Dear Michael,

    Good of you, well done.

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
     
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    Thats a very helpful compilation, Michael. Thanks a lot!
    As someone very new to developing, these would be very helpful links.
     
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    Thanks for all those links !
     
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    Moved to B&W processing forum with a permanent redirect from its original location in the articles section. Obviously, there's also some color information here as well, but it's mostly B&W. Great list!
     
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    What a fantastic resource you have created. For an analogue sprog, they will prove invaluable for me. Many thanks from north wales :smile:
     
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    Bookmarked. Thanks a lot, Michael. :smile: