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  1. #11

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    May 2006
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    Jonesboro, GA
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    I've never used Rodinal, but when in my teens my father (a chemical engineer who'd souped his own film in the 30s) and I mixed our own Beutler. He was able to buy the chemicals easily, he really knew what he was doing, and we had a proper scale, which I now have. We were very pleased with the results, usually shooting with Plus-X of beloved memory. I should revisit Beutler, either mixing my own for old times' sake, or using Neofin-Blue. We generally developed to rather thin negatives, and often used contrast grade 3 as a standard paper. YMMV, of course. Even with a really crappy enlarger and a so-so Wollensak lens we got some really nice enlargements, on Luminos, Kodabromide, Spiratone, in other words, whatever paper was within a high schooler's budget. Now that I have a Beseler 23C, a Schneider Componon S f2.8 50mm I should revisit some of those old negatives of 50 or so years ago.

    Would that my father were still alive to enjoy film and the bargains now available....

  2. #12

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    Nov 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
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    I prefer the look of the Beutler in these examples. Am I correct in concluding that it also produces more film speed (shadow detail)?

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