Pyrocat HD / Pan F Development

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    I've just begun to use Pyrocat HD Developer (PF in Glycol) and I am very pleased with it so far. The only thing I really don't like is the very limited list of film / developing times.

    One that is missing from the list is Pan F.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? If so please include temp. and agitation schedule used.

    Thanks.
     
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    Oh, I usually do semi-stand development with my pyrocatHD so I was planning on sticking with that.
     
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    I use Pyrocat HD for stand developing, one hour. It has worked so far with all of my films from FK 25 all the way to Neopan 400.
     
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    I've never used stand development before and don't know much about the details.

    Could I trouble you for the details; temperature, dilution, agitation (if any), etc?

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    Agitation with Pyrocat is far less and has less dramatic effects than solvent developers. Typically, as a starting point with any film, I try 12 min, 72 f, with 30 second agitation out the gate, then 4 total agitations spread out over the period of the development accordingly. This is for 1:1:100. This means for 12 minutes, I do 30 sec agitation, then let stand till about 3:30, do 15 sec agitation, then wait till 7:00, then at 10 or something along those lines. Not nearly as critical.

    Some films don't take as kindly, such as Foma films, so I bump it up to 2:2:100 at 10-12 minutes succesfuly, while Acros and Neopan from Fuji take the times listed above. I remember that when I played briefly with Pan F, that it was a longer development, but still 1:1:100. 14 minutes maybe? Shot at 50.

    Here's an example from a handheld 6x9 taken in overcast. The actual print is way better, but you get the idea.

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