Retro 400S = APX 400 ?

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  1. Robert Ridyard

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    I just bought a roll of Retro 400S and was told that it is the same as Agfa APX 400. Does anyone know if this is so? Would the development times for Retro 400S be the same as those for APX 400?
     
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    Hi Robert,
    I can't speak to the 400, but today I shot a roll of 120 RPX 100 and a roll of APX 100 side by side.
    I ran them both in Rodinal 1:25 for 9 mins and they seem pretty similar, with the Rollei looking a touch contrastier. I'll be really interested to print these up and see how the grain structure compares, I'd love to find an APX replacement before I shoot my remaining 70 rolls.
    BTW I don't claim to be a scientist with this stuff, just reporting my experience today :smile:
     
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    Retro 400s is Aviapan 200, an aerial film. Quite different to APX 400.
    RPX 100 is Kentmere 100.
     
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    I've never come across Aviapan 200. What is an "aerial" film?
     
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    Just go check out the Agfa website. Real deal APX films are dead and gone.
     
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    Since when is Kentmere 100 available in 120 format?

    (RPX 100 is available in both 35mm and 120, Kentmere 100 only in 35mm).
     
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    I'm curious about this film too, as I picked up a half dozen rolls (120) as part of an upcoming trip.

    I'd love to hear anyone's experience shooting and printing this film.
     
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