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    Can you pull Plus-X or TMAX 100 ?

    I'm wondering if it's possible to pull either of these films, for example to 50 or 25? I've been on a bokeh kick lately and want to open up as much as possible during the day. I know that Efke makes slow film, but I can't find it in shops here, it would be expensive to ship, and I'd like to make do with what I have if possible.

    Any advice is appreciated

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    The answer is yes, of course you can! In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you find the true speed of either of those films to be around 50. Kodak provides development times for pulling TMAX if I recall correctly, but I'm not sure about Plus-X since I've never used it.

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    A one stop pull should be no problem for either film. At the same time, pick up a 1, 2, or 3 stop ND filter and go to town.

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    I get my best results shooting Plus-X at ASA 64 and reducing development times (D76 1:1) 15% for average light (or with flash) and 30% for very bright light (bright, clear sunshine). This is with vigorous agitation at 30 second intervals. I use Tri-X in a corresponding way.

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    I pull these films everytime I use them. But it really isn't ever for bokeh.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    I thought that development times under 5 minutes are not recommended?

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    They are. Use a different developer, colder temp, dilute developer, all of the above.

    Can you get some Ilford PanF+? It's very nice at 25 in Rodinal 1:100.

    Xtol 1:3 works well at less than box speed and comfortably long times.

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    Use Rodinal 1+50 with Tmax 100. The true speed is 50 with this developer and film and the tonality is beautiful. Grain isn't an issue with Tmax 100. If it is a sunny day, shoot at EI 25 and reduce developing time 25%, which lowers contrast and gives even less speed!


    Tmax 100, EI 25, Rodinal 1+50.

    I use 11 minutes for normal developing at 68 degrees.
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    Venchka gives good advice. You obviously have to cut development time as you overexpose the film. Try what works for you. You will learn more this way.
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    I'd like to use HC-110 if possible. Is that not a good developer for pulling?

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