I bought some Efke 25 and 100 in 120 roll film and have been using it over the past couple of months. It seems everyone else loves this film and I have seen beautiful examples of what others have done with. I do not seem to be having the same the experience. Even in the 25 I have very visible grain in 8 x 8 enlargements. With the 25 I rated it at 25. I developed it in Rodinal 1:100 for 18 minutes at 21 degrees C. As far as grain goes it is better looking grain than other films, but 400 speed Tmax and Tri-X that I have shot during the same sessions under the same conditions exhibit MUCH less grain.
The one exception is the time that I accidently underexposed it by 4 stops and developed it 1:100 for 20 minutes. The negs were so thin they made Kate Moss look obese, but they scanned pretty well. Am I taking the wrong approach in my development. I garnered my times from the responses I received from a thread I posted when I first got the film.
Generally I am shooting outside either under overcast skies or in the shade. Contrast has not been a problem, more a lack of contrast. I will try to post some examples, but I never could get the file size right when I tried it the other day. I will see what I can work out tonight.
One factor may be that I am scanning the negs and printing the D-word way. It is for school and we are printing that way this semester and I HATE it! I am going to try to get in the darkroom this week and see how they look in there, but I don't know what difference it will make.
Any advice you guys might have would be appreciated. I know this film is capable of amazing results, I just need to figure out how to obtain them.
Thanks in advance--I know someone will have the answer for me!