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    AGFA APX400 w/rodinal - bad idea?

    I was going to dev some apx400 in rodinal 1:50 (35mm). I'm not going to print larger than 8x10. I'm looking to achieve some grainy/contrasty street scenes. With apx400/rodinal will it be grain overload?

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    Hi Sean,

    I have developed APX-400, 120 format, in Ilfosol-S and the grain was not bad. There are three pictures in my gallery printed to 6"x6" where I used APX-400, they are "skate12", "Learning to skate", and "Snow Shoes". I hear that developed in Rodinal the grain is horrible but I don't think the contrast will be too harsh. If you're going for grain, you're on the right track. Personally, I liked the mid-tones APX-400 gave me.

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    Thanks Dave, I'll have a look at your shots. I'm hoping someone can post a apx400 rodinal pic..

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    Too much?? Depends on your taste...

    I'd say if you're looking for a grainy 8x10 from 35mm, that APX 400 is a great candidate for experiments.

    Rodinal gives you SHARP grain... And being a grainy film to begin with, I think you'll get what you're looking for.

    If you decide you want TONS of grain... Experiment with paper developer as your film developer...

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    Here are 2 quick neg scans of 35mm APX400 in Rodinal 1:25.I don't have my notes nearby, but for some reason I think I shot this roll at 200... I don't remember, sorry.
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    You will achieve a very grainy picture with lots of contrast.
    I have tried that combo and didn;t like it very much. The contrast was too high for me, grain was fine, it gave the ictures some character.

    IMHO APX400 worked great in DDX

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    I was going to dev some apx400 in rodinal 1:50 (35mm). I'm not going to print larger than 8x10. I'm looking to achieve some grainy/contrasty street scenes. With apx400/rodinal will it be grain overload?
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    APX 400+Rodinal=Grain???

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    I was going to dev some apx400 in rodinal 1:50 (35mm). I'm not going to print larger than 8x10. I'm looking to achieve some grainy/contrasty street scenes. With apx400/rodinal will it be grain overload?
    To this day, one of my most favorite prints (16x16) is this combination. Even up close, I can't see any "grain overload". And a series I did @ night of a small carnival.......same thing.

    Grain isn't a problem, I say go for it. Perosnally, I use it 1:25, never 1:50.

    Joe

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    You are asking for trouble here. I'm sure modafoto will have something to say about all this.
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    I've done some very satisfying work withh this combination.

    I'm trying to find a scan of a lanscape image from the Black Forest - Schwartzwald - a few years ago. When I do, i'll post it.
    Carpe erratum!!

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    I played around a bit with APX400 120 in Rodinal at E.I. 200. It had more life to it than when I tried it with Diafine at E.I. 800, but I prefer APX100 (E.I. 200 in Diafine).

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