ilford Pan F or other

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  1. celestine47

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    hello,

    I am hoping to use Ilford Pan F with a medium format camera, can anyone tell me about this film?, is it difficult to yse, if so can you give me any tips?.

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    Try to be right-on on the exposure.
     
  3. Rob Archer

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    Hi

    It's currently my favourite slow film for MF. It's no more difficult to work with than any other film. It gives lovely 'creamy' tones and is capable of really sharp, low grain images. At ISO50 it's quite contrasty. I find rating it at 25 and reducing development by about 20% works well. It's really nice in ID11 and I've also used Stoeckler's 2-bath which also reduces contrast.

    Enjoy!

    Rob
     
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    I agree with Rob's assesment of this film - unless the light is flat it helps to do what he suggested with exposure and development to get the contrast to a workable level. I love this film, and I only shoot 120 or larger these days, but my developer of choice is Rodinal 1:100 (or 1:200 using stand development).

    - Randy
     
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    It's a wonderful film if you have enough light for it- I've developed it in Ilfosol-S and Neofin Blau; both o which give full ISO 50 or a little bit more. Don't overdevelop more than 10%, or the contrast will run away on you.

    Having said this, I routinely "overdevelop" it by 25%. But I don't recommend it unless you kow what you're doing, what you want, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
     
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    I'll second the recommendations about overdeveloping.......the last Pan F negs I shot were, er, chunky. This time around I'll be doubling the dilution with PCAT- 6 mins rated at 40/50 and 1+200 should do it .
     
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    Bring along a tripod. And don't forget the manual, so you can figure out the reciprocity failure.
     
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    Try Rodinal 1:100 for 20 minutes at ISO 50. This dilute developer really softens the contrast. It's more predictable then the Efke 25 and 50, which lately have been all over the place in speed and contrast. Ilford must have one of the finest coating facilities in the world. Their emulsions are extremely consistent.
     
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    EI 40 Rodinal 1:50 Semi Stand dev. 15 min. with presoak, no stop only water, fix, hypo clear, wash.

    Now that you have read what some of us use it's time for you to find your own EI and development time. It will probably be close to our but your conditions and practices will be, well yours.

    Best of Luck,

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    I now rate it at EI32 and use Xtol 1:2 to develop it. I've also used D76 1:3 rating it at EI25.

    It really doesn't stand underexposure at all but you can afford to give it a bit extra exposure and still have workable negatives. I use a diffuser enlarger so you might want to reduce development times a bit with a condensor.
     
  13. Gerald Koch

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    By their nature slow films tend to be contrasty. Pan-F Plus builds contrast very rapidly so be careful not to over develop.