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    Lomography 'make' both colour and black and white film. Their black and white comes in two flavours the 100 speed called Earl Grey is Foma 100. The 400 speed, called Lady Grey, is TMAX 400. The film is rolled and packed by someone else using shoddy backing paper which transfers the dots and numbers.

    If you can get the film on to a reel and then look at the backing paper it might give you a clue as to which film it is. I've only used the 400 and I can tell you that the backing paper is slightly thicker and fibrous than paper from any of the big manufacturers. It may not help you if they use the same paper for all their 120 film but if it doesn't sound like this, then it might not be the 400 film.

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    The GP3 I've used had a coarse black backing paper with vaguely blue, rather thin numbering and arrows & lines. the Foma I've used had dense clear white numbering. If it curls like it's made of spring-steel, it's GP3 ...

    but as Simon (R G) says, are you sure it's b&w?

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    Tell the risks to film owner before ruined it , it could be headache after all.
    Can you please ask easier questions ? One Apug members request .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin DeWolfe View Post
    So, I've been asked to develop a roll of 120 film. No manufacturer markings, no info from the person who dropped it off, other than the word "lomography" written on the envelope. Black backing paper which says nothing more than "120 film start" and then "120 film exposed".

    Any guesses?
    No need to guess or worry about it. Certain developers let you develop all panchromatic films for the same times at the same temperatures. I first found this with DiXactol but now use 510-PYRO or OBDSIDIAN AQUA as I prefer to make up my own stock solutions to save money.

    http://freepdfhosting.com/3e906fe75d.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonh82 View Post
    Lomography 'make' both colour and black and white film. Their black and white comes in two flavours the 100 speed called Earl Grey is Foma 100. The 400 speed, called Lady Grey, is TMAX 400. The film is rolled and packed by someone else using shoddy backing paper which transfers the dots and numbers.

    If you can get the film on to a reel and then look at the backing paper it might give you a clue as to which film it is. I've only used the 400 and I can tell you that the backing paper is slightly thicker and fibrous than paper from any of the big manufacturers. It may not help you if they use the same paper for all their 120 film but if it doesn't sound like this, then it might not be the 400 film.
    Here are pics of the backing paper. Pretty coarse stuff. The sealing band gives no clue either. It's just black paper as well. I knew about the provenance for the 35mm stuff, but was unsure about the 120. Is the Foma a traditional coloured emulsion? If so, I can just cut a piece off the corner and if it's purple it's TMAX maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon R Galley View Post
    Are you sure its monochrome ?

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
    Good question. I guess I'll have to snip a piece off and see if it's orange.

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    Assumed it was the Foma stuff.. processed in XTOL. No markings on the film except those imprinted by the backing paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin DeWolfe View Post
    It's black... Both sides. Just some gray coloured numbers in the usual places.
    I seem to recall that Bergger matched that description. But my memory is vague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin DeWolfe View Post
    Assumed it was the Foma stuff.. processed in XTOL. No markings on the film except those imprinted by the backing paper.
    What about the images?
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    Yep, does look a lot like GP3 backing paper...
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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