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    Peter,

    What 100asa film are you using at the moment?
    Is there a 400asa version?
    What developer do you use?

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    Peter
    You asked for suggestions for rating 120 tri x and dev. times for a condenser enlarger. For sunny contrasty conditions, which I like,I rate tri x at 200 and dev in I.D.11 which I believe is similar to D76, for 7.5 minutes at 20 degrees C. I invert the tank once every 30 seconds. The negatives mostly print on grade 2.5 or 3 Ilford multigrade warmtone on my Meopta Magnifax condenser enlarger.
    Tri x gives me a "look" which I like, though for my 35mm landscapes I prefer Foma 400. As Ian Grant says , you need to experiment to find out what you like best.

    Alan Clark

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    I shoul have said that I dilute the ID11 1+1

    Alan Clark

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    Grain shape is a consideration with me. Tri-x has very pointilated grain where HP5 has a kind of mushy paisley kind of grain. Tri-x will appear sharper and HP5 will have smoother tonality. I have also been enjoying the Tmax400/Xtol combo - extremely fine grain and razor sharp. I gave up on d-76 execpt for rare occasions (IR film etc) PyrocatHD is a wonderful developer to try as well - It adds even more accutance to tri-x and HP5 while still keeping the grain fine.
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    Thanks for the many helpful replies. Gareth my 100 film of choice is APX 100 (rated 80) in rodinal 1:50. I've tried APX 400 in rodinal but have not been happy with it. I want to start with a traditional emulsion because these tend to be more forgiving in terms of exposure and development.
    Peter.

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    Peter, I recently tried some APX myself, both the 100 and 400, developed in Rodinal at the 1/50 dillution. The 100 was very interesting and now that we are getting a bit more light again here in Scotland I'll probably be shooting a good bit more. The 400, well I wasn't quite so keen on it, not sure what to make of it, I'll probably stick with tri-x in rodinal ot T-max400 when I want a softer finer grained look.

    I do tend to shoot handheld and with 35mm, I don't use medium format.

    If you are after a similar look to the APX100, the obvious choice I think would be tri-x developed in rodinal. If you like crisp sharp punchy negs then there is nothing like rodinal. Of course you will have a little grain but I wouldn't imagine that would be too much of a problem with medium format.

    Or if you want to try something completely different, how about Tmx400 in DD-X. Much softer than tri-x in rodinal but it's very tonal and detailed.

    Maybe pick two or three rolls of different film and do some test rolls, perhaps of a subject you are familair with, or whatever. Bracket your exposures so you get a good workable neg and do a print or two. Then run with the film/dev you like the most.

    Oh, what to do!

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