My 25 sheets of film arrived today from J&C. I was supposed to go to my son's swim meet tonight but instead I loaded a couple of film holders and set up the Crown Graphic. I used a Vivitar 285 into a white umbrella to give a sorta soft light and made a close up of a bicycle frame. The picture was no big deal but there was some nice chrome, shiny metallic paint on the tubes, black in the decal and stem plus a white wall behind the bicycle. I was getting f5.6 on the light setup so I set the shutter to 1/50th of a second and the aperture to 5.6. I exposed a sheet for this setup and a couple of others too. I don't have any fancy developer in the house except XTOL and a year old un-opened bottle of D-76 from Lauder Chemicals in So. Cal. On the J&C web site, they suggest giving 9.5 minutes at 68 degrees in a tray for the D-76. So I set my darkroom timer for 10.5 minutes which might have been a mistake except that I forgot that I had unplugged the timer the night before. I'm on the wet side of my darkroom busily agitating my negs by swapping the bottom of the stack for the top every 20 seconds or so. After an indeterminate length of time, I wonder "Hmmm, I'd have thought the buzzer would have gone off by now" At this point I knew I had lost a sorta critical control over my development process. So, I thought "How long have I been doing this?" It felt like about 8 or 9 minutes but coulda been longer. I had been daydreaming and time does have a habit of slipping by. I pulled the negs out of the soup and plunked them in the stop and on to the fixer. After 4 minutes, I held my breath and turned on the light. The negatives were very fine! But now since I have no idea how the hell long I developed them, I can't begin to guess what sorta speed this film really is. I printed one of the negatives and it was ever so easy to make a nice snappy print. I'm going to like this film.