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Thread: Pyrocat/PMK

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    Pyrocat/PMK

    I've been using PMK with 4X5 BPF 200 and while I like the PMK I've found problems with the BPF. Enough of a problem that I would like to try other films with the PMK I have and soon try Pyrocat HD. My problem with BPF is inconsistent pin holes in the emulsion that I don't want to deal with. It would be easier to change films than developers.

    So my question is, are there some films "more" receptive to stain developers than others?
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    TMAX

    Bruce- try TMAX400. This is probably the best staining combo in my opinion with pyrocat-hd. Although I still have the older version. Tri-=x stains very well too.
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    Peter;
    Are you suggesting the TMax Pro 360? I think they also make a reformulated TMax 400(?).
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    Bruce,

    I can recommend FP4+ with both PMK and Pyrocat. It is much sharper than BPF and has a beautiful tonality.

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    PRO160?

    Bruce-I never heard of TMX-pro360. Is this a 4x5 film? I was referring to the TMAX400. Try it and you won't believe the difference. I never cared for BPF200. And it doesn't do N+1 so why bother. The tmax400 works very well for alternate process. I've also used it with W2D2. That doesn't get much play here but is a very good economical developer if you make it yourself. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
    Good luck, Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce (Camclicker)
    Peter;
    Are you suggesting the TMax Pro 360? I think they also make a reformulated TMax 400(?).
    No, I dont think you are. I looked at the Kodak site and you are probably suggesting Kodak T-Max 400 TMY Professional 4053 Black & White Film ISO 400.

    Thanks, I've been looking for a good reason to try T Grain film again.
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    Efke 25 and Efke 100

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    FP-4

    I definately agree that FP-4 and Pyrocat is worth trying if you want a slower film Bruce. Those two seem to be made for each other.
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    I also use FP4 with PMK and like the combination. Buy I did have some problems with pinholes so now I only use water for a stop bath. Haven't had a pinholes problem since

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    many swear by efke pl100, but is also notorious for pinholes and emulsion softness. I loved FP4 in Exactol Lux and as I am starting to use Pyrocat, expect more of the same.

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