APX25: is this film wasted on me?
Last year I obtained 30 rolls of 35mm APX25, expired 2004. I'd read a lot about this film and many hold it in high regard so I thought I'd be stupid to pass the opportunity, but I've been quite underwhelmed.
Should I learn to love this film or trade it on?
I normally shoot Neopan 400, I like grain and contrast - I print 5"x7" on grade 4.
I shot a test roll of APX25 a few months back on a sunny afternoon walking down a local country lane and developed it in HC-110 for whatever time the massive dev chart recommended. The film is functionally fine, but for me, quite boring.
I found it difficult to print with much contrast, there's practically no grain at all at 5x7 and without a tripod DoF becomes an issue.
What does this film excel at?
It excels at exceptional fine grain, great sharpness/definition & wonderful smooth tonality. I used 120 APX25 in a 6x9 roll film back with my Wista and the enlargements are superb.
If your only making small prints & want grain it definitely isn't the film for you, try sticking your camera on a tripod, stop down & use slower shutter speeds and the mirror lock (if the camera has one( and then make large prints that's when APX25 excels.
APX25: Is this film wasted on me?
Yes indeed....send it all to me! Seriously, APX25 is great stuff, slow down as Ian suggests and enjoy the results. It is a world away from Neopan, great tonality, get some Rodinal and see if it works for you.
Send me some just a roll I'm not greedy- I loved it. Like others have said it was a very fine grained film with excellent tone, sometimes I think no other slow film has the tonality they all seem to be quite restricted in that area even with low activity developers.
(to be said in a husky voice) Probably the best slow film in the world....
It excels in the areas in which you described. It's very low grain, contrasty and you need a tripod. That's just what it was made for. It isn't your style and that's fine.
Yesterday there was a thread where a poster said he liked Recording Film in Rodinal. That would be the last combo I would ever use, but to each his own.
Depart with your APX 25. Sell it to someone who will love it. You will have no trouble selling it.
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Here's the problem, lots of people love this film but at the moment I don't. Every roll I experiment with could have been a roll that someone else would really appreciate having...
Originally Posted by Mark Antony
I understand the issue, I would probably sell it myself, and I am not interested in buying it. I actually REALLY wish this stuff was still being made, I would definitely get some to try out, but with 30 rolls I would feel like I was just getting it figured out when I ran out of the stuff. I sold all of my APX 100 once that was gone and moved on rather quickly then, would probably just do the same here.
Last edited by Paul Sorensen; 06-18-2009 at 07:46 AM. Click to view previous post history.
The issue with the film, it's not wasted on you, it's whether you want to invest time learning a film where you can't get more of it when you run out, because it's no longer being made. Personally I would sell it and use the proceeds to buy another film that is still being made, so that I can get more, when I run out.
Originally Posted by perkeleellinen
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When I used that film, which was 20some years ago before they discontinued it in 4x5, I would process it in Rodinal 1-100 and get just amazing mid tones. To use it you have to be open to seeing different results from your work.
That said, I just put a brick of 120 Panatomic X on ebay because I figure I can replace it with triple the quantity of some other film that is more to my liking.
I just saw that Panatomic X auction. That's some serious money!