Good day to you ladies and gentlemen.
Once more I require your assistance.
Rest assured its always much appreciated and not taken
I have reduced my BW 120 film needs in two categories:
The "tripod" film and the "handheld" film.
I have settled in the handheld department to either FP4+ or Tri-X which
serve me well, used at different lighting situations.
Unfortunately I have yet to choose my "slow", "tripod" film, that one
which rated as slow as possible and with the use of a tripod, cable
release and mirror lock-up will give me the most of my Hasselblad.
I have been trying out FP4+ rated at 64asa and developed with either
D-76 or Rodinal and I am kinda dissapointed at the results. Consindering
the film is used mostly for representational purposes its tonallity and grain
is not what I expected even at moderate enlargements such as 20x25cm (8x10") and it starts to break up at 30x40cm (12x16").
It rocks at 13x18cm (5x7") but I want to be able to go to 30x40cm(12x16") without noticable grain and breakup of details (loss of acutance due to enlargement).
Living in the second and a half world country of Greece makes my choices difficult. That because there is no film in country bellow 100asa.
So I can:
- Keep using the FP4+ with a different developer. I would probably have to mix it myself as even D76 and Rodinal I have to order and Perceptol or Microphen come in small quantities in Greece. Never tried pyro and looks like lots of trouble.
- Try Delta 100 or TMX 100 rated at 50 and developed with D-76. I believe DDX and TMAX are simular liquid versions of it?
- Order PanF or Efke 25 from Germany. The trouble is I will have to make a large order to justify the shipping costs (even the 10euros of fotoimpex) which rules out getting a couple of each to test them.
- Make my own film.
What do wise photographers suggest I do?