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    I have used Plus -X off and on for 40 years and it has always had that blue cast. I am told that when production was moved to the new coating machine the cast disappeared.
    I also found Plus-X a little more blue sensitive than usual, benefitting from a yellow filter.
    There is also a larger than usual reduction in graininess when exposed at 64 ASA vs 125

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    Mark Layne
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    If you're not already doing so, you might find the color reduced by using HCA after fixing. I've found a soak in 2% sodium sulfite solution with 1 tsp per quart of sodium carbonate added (essentially homemade HCA) quickly decolors the dyes that sometimes remain in films I've developed in tubes, where the backing of the film was in contact with the tube surface. A two minute soak in the improvised HCA clears them right up.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne
    Sandy
    I have used Plus -X off and on for 40 years and it has always had that blue cast. I am told that when production was moved to the new coating machine the cast disappeared.

    Mark

    Odd, but I've found just the opposite to be true. The base color of my Plus-x negs from years ago is clear or slightly gray, but the new Plus-X that I've shot is blue.

    Hmmmm????

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