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    Is MultiTone OrthoLitho film usable for photography purposes?

    This is a strange question, I've seen talk about Ortho or Litho films before and I have sort of a huge knowledge gap here, I know that some kinds of Orthochromatic film could be developed with a safety light in a darkroom so you could precisely watch when the film was at the exact exposure you wanted, this was before Panchromatic film came out right?

    Does this have any relation to Ortho Litho film?

    I just got into 4x5 and researching my very limited (from "tiny format" perspective) and a film that stood out on price was this...

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tho_4_x_5.html

    at 50 sheets for $10 it's way under the other's price, but it's some kind of "copy" film right? but can it be used to take a photograph and developed as B&W negative? Kind of how others use x-ray film as of late for it's cheapness?

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    The 4x5 multitone film will need trimming to fit standard 4x5 holders as it's actually 4" x 5".

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    The film can be used for copying negatives, or in camera but it is necessary to use soft working developers in order to obtain a longer scaled negative than that for which it is designed.
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    As for inspecting the film as it develops, first, it's density you observing not exposure since that happens in the camera or under the enlarger. Deep red safelight filters can be used with ortho film. Regardless of what developer type you're using it takes a bit of experience to recognize when you've reached the desired density. I spent a number of years working with graphic arts films, and nothing beats time and temperature.

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    When developing by inspection it is important to evaluate development by looking at the back (the base side) of the film NOT the emulsion side.
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    This can be developed by inspection, but be aware that if used in camera it has a different spectral response to panchromatic film. It is more usually used as an after camera process.

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    hi stone

    if you are planning to scan it ... not sure how well that works because of density issues ...
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    Ok, thanks

    I wasn't aware "normal"4x5 wasn't 4" by 5"... So what is it then?


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    But... The most significant issue is that this is Ortho Litho film, it is not Ortho Pictorial film.

    The film is meant for very high contrast results, so it would be difficult to tame for picture taking purposes. You are welcome to try, many have done it and enjoy the challenge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    3.918 x 4.925

    But... The most significant issue is that this is Ortho Litho film, it is not Ortho Pictorial film.

    The film is meant for very high contrast results, so it would be difficult to tame for picture taking purposes. You are welcome to try, many have done it and enjoy the challenge...
    For ten bucks I might... Plus if its an ASA speed film, maybe I can shoot it at .75 ASA and pull it to tame the contrast or something

    For 50 sheets for $10 I wouldn't mind figuring it out... Lol


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