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    Great film! I like it as well..
    I thought that Agfa had discontinued 120 films? Or was that only the 4x5 film?
    Not to start anything, i'm sure I am either confused or misinformed..
    Love the film though!

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    They discontinued their sheet film. APX100 and 400 in 120 are alive and well.

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    APX25 was the only discontinued film; APX100 is still in production in 135 and 120.

    I loaded my camera yesterday with it, and will start doing some shots!

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    Rumor has it that Fomapan 100 (available in sheet film) is very similar to APX 100, but I can't vouch for that.

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    Got my first negs back from the lab today, and I must say I am surprised. The film is much less contrasty than FP4+ but it seems that the midtones have a better separation. It's a more "objective" film, so I'll have to see what it can do in print.

    Any suggestions on how to exploit these characteristics?

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    Hmm, I've only been looking at contact sheets, but the blacks had more punch and are richer. It's worth what it's worth, and I'll be printing some next (not this) weekend, so I might need to keep my trap shut until then.... But by comparing similar light conditions, I found FP4+ to have a greater range of values. Unless I'm completely misunderstanding the notion of contrast.... ah, it's great to be a beginner with a big mouth!

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    In my experience, APX 100 in 120 is a fantastic film for anything that requires smooth tonalities though the mid-tones. This makes it one of my favorite films for portraiture and macro work (especially flora). It's also an excellent film for general use, but it outshines just about everything for people photography.

    Freestyle is repackaging the APX 100 as their new Arista II film. Unfortunately, they're only listing it in 35mm, but if you shoot 35mm it might be worth your time to buy the film in the Arista II packaging. You'll save 50 cents per roll that way.

    As was mentioned above, Fomapan 100 is a similar looking film (although it does not have quite as thin or clear of a base as the Agfa film). If you decide that you like the look of APX 100, you might want to try a few rolls of the Arista.edu Ultra 100 speed film (which is re-packaged Fomapan 100). At a savings of almost a buck a roll, it's worth considering if you'll be shooting a lot of film. Fomapan 100 and 200 are quickly becoming staple films for me.

    I still keep APX 100 around for portrait sessions, but my general use films are now Efke 100 and Fomapan 100 & 200. The Efke is capable of expansion unlike almost any other film I've used, and the look of Fomapan is similar to APX but for less money. All of these films respond really well to Pyrocat-HD and to Perceptol, which are my two favorite developers. Fomapan will be available in 4x5 and 8x10 sizes shortly, so I'll have two films (Efke 100 and Fomapan) that I can use in every size from 35mm to 8x10. I only shoot APX 100 in 120.

    (On another note, rumor has it that Ilford will have Perceptol back on the market this summer. Happy news for those of us who miss it.)
    Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv
    Tom, how do you define tonality exactly? Is it the way the film react to different colors? I often see the term, but besides an intuititve grasp, I can't visualize what a good/bad tonality would be.

    It's a good questions. For me it is the very subtle, gradual transition between tones that looks 'nice'. From my gallery, there are a number of images from APX 100, not that you can see much from web images in this regard. I agree with other comments that it is with portraits that APX100 stands out from the crowd. Skin tones are so velvety and smooth. This said, I had a single box of 5x4 sheet bought just as they (sneakily) discontinues sheet and some of the 'test' landscapes I shot whilst trying out pyrocat blew me away. This was well after I used to use the 120 in a rollfilm back and I had switched to other films also available in 120 and sheet. In this time I had improved a lot, but enlarging a properly exposed and developed APX neg once more still made me do a double take again.

    The film is to me the total opposite of TMAX100, which someone describes as paradoxically 'appearing flat and too contrasty all at the same time'. I struggle to get TMAx100 to glow and look 'rich'. APX100 seems to make this a whole lot easier and unlike TMAX, naturally wants to produce imaghs that appear 3 dimensional rather than flat on a piece of paper. Sometimes TMAX has loooked good for me (Snowdonia Sunset is a rich print) but in the majority of cases it does not and it works me really hard. APX100's thin base can be a pig tho esp if it is humid. It just loves to stick up and cockle in those developing reels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdef
    MHV,

    I asked because all films are capable of a range of contrast and to say that one film has more contrast than another given identical processing is not the same as saying that one film is capable of greater contrast than another. To make a meaningful comparison of two films, they should be developed to a common contrast index, or gamma, or average gradient, or whatever parameter you choose. I don't mean to lecture, I'm just trying to explain my confusion. I'm sure that both films are capable of excellent results, and I wish you the best of luck with them.

    Jay
    OK, I see what you mean. I was therefore saying that my APX100 had less contrasts than my FP4+. For me it was a rough indication because I tend to shoot in similar conditions these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv
    Got my first negs back from the lab today, and I must say I am surprised. The film is much less contrasty than FP4+ but it seems that the midtones have a better separation. It's a more "objective" film, so I'll have to see what it can do in print.

    Any suggestions on how to exploit these characteristics?
    This is what I have found, substantiated also by other threads I've read elsewhere. For me it's a different comparsion against FP4+ in Xtol 1:3. Maybe I just need another developer, and maybe the Pyrocat I just got will do better. My next test is the 400 speed.

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