Starting up: developing 4x5 Acros in Pyro HD for contacts...

Discussion in 'Contact Printing' started by dr__red, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. dr__red

    dr__red Member

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    So here I'm... finally... took a plunge... 35mm - gone, mf - gone... calibrated digital workflow - gone... I'm left with 4x5 and the overwhelming desire to print contacts... I've got an Enlightenment - God bless APUG! But where do I start? Needless to say I haven't been developing b/w myself since the childhood. I never developed 4x5. But after The Enlightenment pro-labs services don't cut it anymore. I want my negs to glow the magic! I want to put'em on fire! Pyro them up so to speak! I also would love Acros blessed by Quickloads. So here we go: Across + Pyro HD.
    What do I do to facilitate the Ultimate?

    - What is the best way to develop? What is the timing??
    - I guess I'll need trays... some changing tent maybe to agitate in daylight.
    - I'm in London. So I'll need to import Pyro HD from somewhere.

    What's next? Nice cherry contact frame? 8x10? I'd love to believe so.

    Thank you all
     
  2. Amund

    Amund Member

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    Congrats and welcome to APUG!

    Heres`s where you get Pyrocat HD, ask for a chemical kit to make 1 liter of A and B solution :http://www.artcraftchemicals.com/ mixing is easy and very economical.

    Get some developing tubes from JandC, get extra caps too.
    A changing bag is something you`ll need. (for loading regular filmholders, you`ll soon want to try other films too :smile:
    Off the top of my head, last time I developed Acros in HD, it was 2:2:100 for 9 minutes 68deg.

    Start saving for the 8x10, while 4x5 contacts are fantastic, a good 8x10 is UNBELIVEABLE :smile:
     
  3. Donald Miller

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    If you want to have good results, the place to begin is at the ending. That may sound trite and unreasonable but the point that I am trying to make is that you will utilize your materials properly if you determine the exposure scale of the paper before you get involved with determining the density range that you need on a camera negative.

    There are resources that will tell you how to go about testing this if you decide to spend your time wisely.

    Good luck.
     
  4. MenacingTourist

    MenacingTourist Member

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    I recently started doing this as well. My 4x5 quickly got some 5x7 company and I shoot them both. I'm developing using Rollo Pyro and a 3006 Jobo expert drum on top of a Beseler electric roller base. I do all the film changing in a Harrison tent. This has made my life very easy and has made my workflow a breeze. I'll be making my first contact print tomorrow.

    I share this not to tell you my way is better, but only to give an example of how someone similar to your situation is doing it.

    Good luck and welcome to APUG :smile:

    Alan.