Thinking of trying J&C film - quirks?
Hi all! I'm thinking of trying J&C film in the 35mm, 120 & 4x5 formats. I read on their website that the ISO 100 speed variety does well with D76. What about the 200 or 400? And I don't remember which forum I read it in but is it true that the roll film isn't numbered? What about the sheet film; How are you guys finding the quality? Happy?
I know there have been numerous posts on this subject but I didn't find much info on the higher speed films so I will appreciate the input.
Thanks in advance
I like the Pro 100 (120 size) in Microdol-X 1:3. I soup it for 16.5 minutes at 68F. This image was done with that combo.
Originally Posted by Digidurst
The Classic 200 is also a great film. I've had excellent results in a number of developers - HC-110, Microdol-X, Rodinal, Ilfosol-S, and Folgernol. This image was processed in Ilfosol-S 1:9 in a Unidrum (5X7 film size).
I drum processed this Classic 200 image in Diafine. I'm still working out the kinks with that soup.
This image shot on 5X7 Classic 200 and was souped in Folgernol. The day was quite foggy, so this probably isn't the best example of that film/developer combination.
I'll be shooting some 8X10 Pro 100 soon (tonight, I hope) and will have some examples up in my gallery shortly.
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JC Pro 100 is a very good film
Works well in Rodinal, DDX, Clayton F76+
The only problem I've found is that the emulsion is a softy, has to be treated very carefully when wet.
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classic 200 does well in Pyrocat-HD but has little ability to expand. In the right lighting conditions, hubba-hubba.
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The 100 doesn't come in 35mm, but I use it in 120 and find it to be very good in Rodinal, D76 1+1 and PC-TEA. It is a soft emulsion, and you have to be really careful with it when it's wet. I get an occasional pinhole with it, even though I use no chems above 68 deg and a water stop with TF4 fix.
The 400 is a good all around film, slightly low in contrast, which works well with my condenser enlargers. Developed in D76 or A49 it delivers what I would call medium sized good looking grain. Stick to around 9x enlargements in 35mm and it looks good. In 120 you can go pretty big before the grain really gets in your face.
The 200 is my favorite of the bunch, and as far as I am concerned can hold it's own against any film on the market. Rodinal 1+100 looks great to me with this film, and in D76 it shows almost no grain. I don't think it's a 200 film though, not in Rodinal at least. More like 125 for my way of doing things. It'll get close to 200 in D76 1+1 though.
There are no frame numbers on the 120 film. 35mm has 'em. I use a Sharpie to number the frames on the 120, (after the film is dry, of course).
Oh yeah..the 100 curls a lot. The other two curl some, but will flatten out a bit after they've been sleeved for a while.
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Check out Freestyle Photo. Their Arista EDU line is cheaper and much more reliable (sheet film). I bought a pack of Arista EDU 200 4x5 - 100 sheets, for only $29.99. At J&C, they want $9.99 for 25 sheets.
Tell me what you will, but these films are nothing like Tri-x, Tmax, HP5, etc. Especially in terms of consistancy. They both are "okay" films. So personally, I'm inclined to pick the cheapest one! With these films, its not worth the time to do testings just to see which one performs better. The more important thing is that you get your film tested and tuned in for optimum results..
I first tried out J&C 100 where I ended up spending more than a month figuring out why theres a scratch on the emulsion. I learned the lesson the hard way and just ended up tossing the suspected bad batch. So how valuable is your time to you? Either way, when I buy these bargain films, I anticipate shooting unimportant images. If it were a paid portrait sitting/assignment - never!
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I like the J&C Classic 400. It was the same film as Arista.EDU 400, but I think that's changed. Classic 400 is FortePan 400. If you go to my APUG gallery you can find a few 5x7" shots with it (some might be listed as Arista.EDU, but at the time, they were still the same film).
The main quirk I've found is the softness of the emulsion, so handle it carefully, and you will want to be particularly cautious if you process sheet film in open trays.
The problem with Arista.EDU is that the current Forte-manufactured stuff isn't long for this world.
Originally Posted by djklmnop
Forte seems to show signs of continuing, but Freestyle's own sales reps will tell you that the present Arista.EDU line is going away. There is some talk that Foma-manufactured film and paper will eventually replace it, but this is some ways off in the future.
I just visited their website, however, and it appears Arista.EDU sheet film is still in stock. The same cannot be said for Arista.EDU 100 in 135, sadly.
I'm happy enough with the J&C Pro 100 that I just the other day placed an order for my second increment of ten rolls of 120; along with it, I ordered a box of Classic 200 in 3x4 size and a couple rolls of the Lucky SHD 400 (120) to try.
Of course, now that I've ordered the 3x4 film and have film sheaths in hand, I can't seem to find my 3x4 adapter frames (to fit 3x4 film sheaths or plates in a 9x12 cm plate holder).
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I'm a regular user of all of the J&C films in 120, and the 100 and 200 in 4x5 and 8x10. The films are inexpensive and do have a few problems, but overall they're extremely capable films if you understand their strengths and weaknesses.
For the 100 speed film, the greatest weakness is the paper backing on the 120 rolls. Plain and simple: It sucks. The paper's cheap, there's no tape at the end, it's not really reliable for use in "red window" cameras, and it tends to end up loose when you're done with the roll. But if you use it in a camera without a red window and load/unload in dim light, you'll be fine. They include a plastic holder for the film, so once you've got it in the holder it's light-tight.
The other big issue with the 100 speed film is the softness of the emulsion. When it's wet, it's easily scratched by a fingernail or by the corner of a sheet of film. You must handle it gently, and using a hardening fixer isn't a bad idea.
There have been numerous reports of pinholes and other emulsion imperfections with this film, but after shooting through a whole bunch of it I have yet to see these problems first hand. Perhaps I do something in my processing that's stopping the holes from forming, or perhaps I've just been lucky. Regardless, I've been quite satisfied with the film and it's dirt cheap. (I develop it exclusively in Pyrocat-HD these days, as the negatives are just amazing.)
The 200 speed film is similar to a lot of other films on the market. Whether it's exactly the same as Forte 200 or a very close relative, it's got the same quirks as Forte film. The roll film base is very curly; make sure you weigh it down when you hang it to dry. Again, I've not had any emulsion imprefections with this film. I like the grain and tonality of this film a lot (I shoot it at 125), and the price is very good. It's not quite as soft as the J&C 100, but it still requires careful handling when wet.
My favorite film remains Efke 100, but both of the films mentioned above have been very good for me and I do use them a lot. They're much cheaper than the Efke, and since I'm only shooting for myself I'm willing to take the chance that I might get a bad spot on a shot from time to time. (Anything that I consider important enough to keep, I'll shoot a 2nd frame.)
Given the price, you might as well try them out. You never know if they're right for you without trying them.
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