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    Which 5X7 film

    I need to puyrchase some 5X7 and am debating picking up one of the last 50 sheet boxes of EDU Ultra(FOMA 200) that Freestyle has. Or do I just go ahead and bite the bullet and get some HP5, since I don't know if the FOMA 200 will ever be around again. BTW I finally tamed the EDU ultra 200 using Formulary TFX-2 50ml:50ml:900ml H20 for 18 mins shot at 100asa. It gives shadow detail on par with tri-x @160asa with printable highlights out to zone 9.
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    Not many choices left. I was surprised that TMY-2 wasn't available, or I would have recommended it.

    HP5+ is great film, if you can shoot with TXP and Foma 200, then you should be able to make it work with HP5 for sure. Great film.
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    The Efke films are another economical alternative. I've been shooting Fomapan 100 in 5x7, but I've shot a fair amount of Efke 100 in 9x12 and 2x3; it's a nice film with a slightly unusual tonality, a bit grainy for its speed, but in LF sizes, who cares? (All right, someone must, but *I* don't.) And Efke 25 is just a fantastic film.

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    Tri-X Professional 320 and TMX are stock items in 5x7 at several dealers.

    If there's another ULF custom order period from Kodak, you could get TMY-2 in that order. It's a rather aperiodic event.

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    Tri-X is the best sheet film I have used, overall.

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    Did Freestyle indicate that the Edu Ultra 200 would not be available again in the future?

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    5x7 film

    Quote Originally Posted by davekarp View Post
    Did Freestyle indicate that the Edu Ultra 200 would not be available again in the future?
    I e-mailed them and they expect to get stock again in april 2010. Seems FOMA is having trouble with switching suppliers(raw material I assume). Also though I do love Tri-x for its consistency and it is a great film all around 50 sht's in 5x7 is well over $100 whilst I can get rebranded foma from freestyle for less than half that and once the right developer and EI are established I cannot tell any difference in image quality.
    I need to get some 4x5 also and since freestyle is out of the edu ultra 200 I will probably get tri-x the price difference there is not nearly as great.
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    shanghai is another alternative can be found on flea bay quite cheap ive used it no problems

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    Ron,

    Thanks for the information.

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    decesion time

    I read all the posts and searched the threads, is decesion time: like a showing of hands it is between EDU ULTRA 100(FOMA) of EFKEPL100 in 5X7 of course. Can't really afford to pay double for the Ilford or Kodak products.
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