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    Found a 150 ft roll of Technical Pan

    I came across a new-in-box roll with an expiry of 04/1995. I was excited to see how it would do so I shot a roll of 24 exposures with my Canon F-1n and FD 35mm f/2. Unfortunately, the emulsion appears to have suffered from time, although I'm pretty happy with how the 510 Pyro (1:300, 20 min semi-stand) tamed the contrast. The negs are a little thin, but not too bad. I just don't know if the film is worth shooting since making prints will require a lot of effort.
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    My good man! Surely you do not propose to toss this fine treasure in the trash? Roll out some, freeze the rest. The results look awful good to me.

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    I don't see anything too bad wrong here. I believe I'd mix me up some Beutler's and go to town, as they say.
    I pulled up the Kodak technical bulletin PDF and found this interesting outtake from the first page of that bulletin. I thought it was interesting. I never knew Kodak to give explanations like this. Remember, this was 2003, which was ages ago now:

    ©Eastman Kodak Company, 2000
    June 2003


    —NOTICE—
    Discontinuance of
    KODAK PROFESSIONAL Technical Pan Film
    KODAK PROFESSIONAL Technical Pan Film is being
    discontinued due to steadily declining demand over the recent
    years. Changes in product components and our manufacturing
    processes make it impractical to continue to support this
    product at its current low levels.
    The last Tech Pan coating was several years ago. Since that
    time, the old coating room has been shut down, the gels used
    in the product formulation have become obsolete, and we no
    longer manufacture the ESTAR support on which the 35 mm
    product was coated. There would be considerable cost to
    recreate the product, with no guarantee that it would look and
    act the same as the Tech Pan Film of old.
    Technical Pan Film will continue to be available until the
    existing inventory has been depleted.
    While there is no direct replacement for Tech Pan Film, you
    may find KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX 100 Film in
    combination with specific B&W Developers to be a viable
    alternative for some applications

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    That's how it's supposed to look-I've used Tech Pan from the '80s stored in camera bags,that's still good.I'll take it and give it a good home if you can't handle it!

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    I've found that Rodinal 1:100 for 8 minutes at 66.5 degrees Fahrenheit produced excellent results (agitation on the minute). Zero grain, pretty good tonality.

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    Check your inbox.
    ".............you don't see no hearses with luggage racks................"

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    Martin, I think I'm just going to shoot the rest of it. Sorry!



 

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