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    Neopan 100 + Perceptol

    I shot three rolls of Neopan 100 Acros in my Yashica Mat 124G this month. I thought I would second guess the meter, as I had just put a new battery in the camera and I felt it was reading on the low side. So I set the camera to 64 and took my pictures accordingly. Well, it turns out the meter wasn't so far off after all, and so I think I've overexposed these rolls by 2/3 of a stop -- maybe more in a few cases, if the 1/500 shutter setting turns out to be sluggish (hadn't considered that until just now). My plan was to develop these rolls in Perceptol, as I've used this combination before and like it very much.

    Given that the film is slightly overexposed, can someone suggest if I should reduce the development time and/or use some dilution of Perceptol? Thanks.

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    Sounds like a good plan. Use normally, IMO.

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    A stop over on a negative is practically irrelevant. Just develop it normally and you'll have a little more shadow detail. Just be careful not to overdevelop.

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    Perceptol often doesn't give true film speed anyway as the emphasis is on fine grain rather than speed. You should be fine developing it normally.

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    If the scenes or subject matter shot were in fairly contrasty light I'd pull development time by 15-20%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post
    If the scenes or subject matter shot were in fairly contrasty light I'd pull development time by 15-20%.
    Thanks. I know that's true in general, but wanted to confirm as Perceptol is a different beast among developers...

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    Generally I'll shoot Acros at about 64-80 but you mentioned 2/3rds to a full stop overexposed or more so yes even with Perceptol I stand by my recommendation of pulling your development time some, especially if you plan to scan the negs and especially if the light was contrasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvy View Post
    Thanks. I know that's true in general, but wanted to confirm as Perceptol is a different beast among developers...
    I don't call Perceptol a "beast", but maybe a "lamb in wolf clothing" type developer. I like it a lot! Easy to use, somewhat forgiving, but developing times can be a little long. I don't mind the times being long and would rather have a longer developing time than a short developing time, which can be less forgiving. I usually always use it diluted, but I'd guess you're going to use it at full strength or at the least, 1:1. I think you'll be just fine, but I could be wrong. JW

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    Thanks Richard. These are outdoor portraits in bright overcast or shade (with a few exceptions). Just to be clear, you're talking Perceptol stock (no dilution), right?

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    If you were in bright overcast or shade then no change in time should be fine. Diluted or stock. Personally I always prefer moderate contrast in my negs so I usually pull development time10% all the time from what most charts recommend, but that me.
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