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    FWIW I think the grain comparisons on digitaltruth done at 2900dpi scanned are next to useless.
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    Ten years ago I read tests but today I don't.
    If I worry about grain I just use larger negatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard_L View Post
    Just yesterday developed my first silvermax in HC-110 (dil. B, 7min @20°C). Looks like APX-100 (as mentioned above by piu58), consistent with the similarity in the HD curves. Really "shines" in scenes with high dynamic range, combining sunlit and open shadow parts. Presumably the character of the images is more correlated with the emulsion than with the developer. Strange statement found on the fotoimpex site: "SILVERMAX is only available as a 35mm film and will not be manufactured in other formats"; a pity, might change if sales reach sufficient volume.
    The only reason I'd be interested in a new black and white film available in 35mm only would be for reversal processing for projection. Or at least, the only reason I'd be interested in THIS one, since the vast majority of my black and white is shot in medium and large formats now.

    I could imagine being interested in a super speed film that was effectively faster than Delta 3200 or the remaining-stock TMZ, but even then I'd bemoan it not being available at least in 120.

    Still, I have been tempted to shoot some 35mm slides and send off to dr5, and this sounds like the perfect film for that.

    Has anyone reversal processed it or had it done and can comment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by piu58 View Post
    Silvermax is Scala 200, which is based on APX 100. Slightly simplifying, it ist an APX 100 on a clear base.
    None of the above films is made anymore while SILVERMAX is freshly coated.
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    Silvermax is lovely stuff in both the dedicated developer and Rodinal. Smooth grain, beautiful tonality and a long scale. I've not reverse processed it.

    I'd say it is slightly longer scale with the dedicated developer, but I don;t see a huge difference with it or Rodinal 1:50.

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    Good day all.
    At present time, I have not tested the Silvermax 100 with its dedicated dev but I'm going down in Maine this weekend and I bring 6 of them I will process with the Silvermax developer.
    I will try (not very fluent with this technology) to scan some negs to post here later.

    I sold some to a pro photographer living on Montreal's North Shore and he replied back with something like AMAZING!!!
    Another patron switched to this film as standard ammunition.

    Anyway, it remains a question of personal choice.

    I still have some sample of the Silvermax dev available in 2-ounces bottles. Yes the price may frighten, but for testing purposes, it is lot more interesting to invest for 6 films and decide after that.

    Have a great weekend and see you in Boothbay Harbour!
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    Couple of real examples. Here are two from the same roll, stand developed in Rodinal. Neg scans at 1600 ppi then reduced. Nothing else done. SM might have a longer dynamic range but I'm okay with the limited range available with Rodinal

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    I reversal develop it, produces beautiful transparencies. Tried one roll as negative but the slides come out better for me, wide range of smooth tones.

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    How do you reversal develop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard_L View Post
    Strange statement found on the fotoimpex site: "SILVERMAX is only available as a 35mm film and will not be manufactured in other formats"; a pity, might change if sales reach sufficient volume.
    In case the Silvermax is actually the same as Scala then most probably only 35mm raw stock is still around.

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