This is all very strange. I don't think I have seen any other person here on APUG say that XP2+ has coarser grain than HP5+, FP4+ or Tri-X. XP2+ is dye based and whereas trad B&W film can be grainier with over development chromogenic film such as XP2+ doesn't react this way. In fact when overexposed it becomes even less grainier
Originally Posted by h.v.
Anyone else care to comment on the OP's finding and reasons why he finds this to be the case?
I'd say it's because he's scanning and not keeping the settings optimized for each type of film? I haven't tried scanning all of those with an eye towards comparison (and that's better discussed on dpug - yes you can get quick answers there, I have).
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
If h.v. is willing, maybe he can mail an apugger some frames in question and see what they think. It's a lot easier to diagnose some things with the object in hand rather than a scanned version on the web.
Yeah, I think it's mostly due to the scanner. XP2 commonly will scan pretty grainy if the scanner isn't optimized for it. I will double check to make sure I am using 1L precisely of distilled (reverse osmosis) water and then 5mL of Ilfotol when I finally get around to processing that FP4 (still haven't had the time, unfortunately)! I will google this, but does anybody have any bookmarked links or anything to really good sites to figure out calibration for a scanner? If you don't that's fine, just want to make sure I get a good source for this.
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The HP5 from the lab has the same purplish tint that Tri-X normally does. Weird. Beyond that, though, no I don't really notice any 'milkiness'. The only thing is some black marks near the sprocket holes from light exposure. This happens on both the lab processed and home processed HP5. I honestly can't detect anything beyond that. I will try that fixer on the leader idea, that's a good one. Thanks!
Originally Posted by 250swb
Oh, and that idea about sending one into the lab and one to process at home is also pretty good. I may just have to try that!
If you wash a bit longer you can get rid of the purple tint in the films. Lots of dark sprockets or edges is not a good sign either. Could be a problem somewhere either in camera or with the developing reels/tank letting in light.
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There isn't that much of it. Just sprinkled here and there and it happens on my lab processed negatives too, and from different cameras as well. Well I was at 20°C for 7 mins with tap water after the fix is poured out, then I let it soak in distilled water and Ilfotol for 5 mins, before letting it air dry for 5 mins and then hanging it up to dry.
Alright, I finally processed the FP4 I'd been meaning to do since this past weekend. I won't know till tomorrow if any of the suggestions listed here and elsewhere worked, but here is what I did differently...
- 2 mins of pre-wash using tap water at 20°C
- 30 seconds of continuous agitation (including the twisting mentioned here) for developer and fixer at beginning
- 2 cycles of agitation every 30 seconds after that spread over 10 seconds
- Instead of tapping the bottom of the tank with my fingers after each inversion, I clunked it against the countertop firmly
- Made sure I was using exactly 1L of reverse osmosis water and exactly 5mL of Ilfotol wetting agent
- Tried to ensure that each chemical was exactly 21°C prior to putting it in the tank (I couldn't get it down to 20)
- Used fresh chemicals instead of re-using stop and fix
- Properly stirred chemicals in with water in measuring cylinders after initial pour (I wasn't doing that before, just letting it naturally mix)
- Haven't used a chamois on the drying negs yet, will wait to inspect tomorrow and see if I find any water marks after air drying
I can see nothing you have overlooked but then again I never felt that your original processing was the cause anyway.
if this doesn't cure the problems especially the graininess then either Ilford has lost the plot at Mobberley in terms of its film production or you need to throw your scanner into the waste bin
XP2 Super has virtually no grain, certainly considerably less than a conventional emulsion such as FP4 + or HP5+ it also is the ILFORD film that actually scans the best ( so the experts say ) when the scanner is optimised for it.
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Yeah, I think my comments about XP2 were with regards to my old scanner. I just bought a new scanner a couple weeks ago (so I certainly hope it isn't bound for the trash can ) and recently decided to give XP2 a second go and yeah, it does scan pretty well. It's not grainless, but I don't want grainless anyways. It's less coarse and more graceful. I guess the Epson V600 comes optimized for XP2 out of the box (previous scanner was V500). There's still the issue that I for whatever reason have generally poor results with the images I make on that emulsion except in one neighbourhood of Edmonton.
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