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    Ortho Film Availibility

    Hello Everyone,

    I've recently become even more infatuated with the tonality range of ortho films, so I was wondering what my options are for a real film.
    So far, i've been enjoying X-Ray film, and in the past I liked lith film and paper. I realize that they won't be quite the same, but nevertheless, i want to try it.

    What are my best options? Ideally i'd like to shoot something around asa 200-400 but i realize that i may have to shoot something as slow as asa 25 (way slower than x-ray film!)

    Are there any relatively high speed ortho films out there? If not, what filmes ARE there at all? Has anyone tried the ilford copy film for pictorial use?

    I'm interested in all formats.
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    There aren't many ortho films left to purchase as fresh stock. Rollei ortho, and microfilms come to mind. Kodalith pops up in bulk rolls from time to time as old expired stock, but its low sensitivity helps with storage times, and is still quite usable. Your other option is to use a normal panchromatic fast speed film, and stack on strong minus red filter to get the look.

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    What sizes are you thinking?

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    I use Ilford Ortho. I have not bought any in a while because I have a large stock, but I believe it is still available in 4x5 and 8x10.
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    Rollei Ortho is actually out of stock, but is going back in the market in all formats in about end of March.
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    The Ilford Ortho + sheet film is superb, it's similar in many ways to FP4+ in terms of image quality, except a slight speed difference, I used it extensively a few years ago for work.

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    Ortho Film Availibility

    I have a can of 70mm kodalith I THINK in my freezer, I have to check to be sure.

    It's very old...

    Want it? Lol


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    I will also praise the Ilford Ortho sheet films and the Rollei Ortho25 in 35 & 120 sizes. The Ilford responds very well to changes in development- so should be well able to get you where you want. The Rollei is contrasty, but is really lovely with careful working. I've found the 120 more difficult to tame than the 35mm.

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    Wouldn't a panchromatic film and a blue or cyan filter accomplish more or less the same thing?
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