Step wedge alert
For those who are interested, I've posted a short summary of step wedge testing without a densitometer in the "How to articles" section. This is a very simple method of dealing with exposure and development, just the basics with no frills. tim
Perfect timing Tim...just got a Stouffer 21Step wedge in this week (4x5) so will read with great interest. Since I don't have a densitometer, this is perfect timing.
Mike, please take it with a large pinch of salt. tim
Great I got mine yesteray! Thanks
This is great. I appreciate your effort. I have a step wedge on the way and all kinds of things have been going through my head on how to use it and get good information from it. This really helps
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FWIIW - Ran film test yesterday following the steps outlined in the article, the sun finally came out -
Tested some Efke PL100 4x5, in Rodinal 1+50 and must say was very pleased with what I have seen. Left the negatives to dry over night, so hope to print them this week (actually tonight). First, went ahead and exposed one film at rated speed (100), then one at 1/2 (50) - initial impression was this is good information so one can 'See' the impact of the change. Remaining test were done using 1/2 the rated speed. Have densitometer coming in later this week, so after I work through the graph process Tim covers in the article, I will check the information against the readings from the densitometer.
So Tim, Thanks So Very Much for the article and the assistance...hope others find the article as useful as I have.
Thanks for taking the time to write up the article Tim. It's a nice addition to the resources here.
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Ok, I am hoping someone can help explain my results. Here are the details:
Tmax 100, exposed as e.i. 50
developed in a jobo drum, constantly spinning on a beseler motor roller
developed in hc110, dilution H (half the dilution of B) for 12 minutes, 68 degrees
I have a densitometer which is acurately calibrated against a calibrated stouffer wedge.
For each "patch" on my stouffer wedge, I figured out what zone exposure it was allowing my film to be exposed to. For instance, "patch" number one has a density of .04, therefore, I am giving my film, behind the wedge, an equivalent to a zone exposure of 9.87.
math: 10 - (.04 / .3)
Ok, so, I plot out all my density results (y axis) against the derived zone exposures, (x axis), and the enclosed jpeg shows my plotted curve. The film base plus fog has already been removed from the data before plotting.
Aside from the exessive contrast (I should probably use a time closer to 10 minutes, for normal), why is my film speed low?
For my purposes, I am determining film speed by thinking that zone 1 exposure should be .1 . According to my chart, this speed is not reached until nearly zone 1.8, making TMAX 100, rated at e.i. 50 still needing to be bumped down to nearly e.i. 25!!! This doesn't seem right! I don't know of anyone deducting two full stops of speed from this film.
Here is the spreadsheet, if anyone who is going through something similar wants to use it: http://www.hiddenworld.net/misc/curve.xls
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I can't seem to download the speadsheet.
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