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    I am going to do some film speed/development tests this weekend on Kodak TMAX 100 film. (120 Size) I have never used any of the TMAX films.

    I was wondering if you could share your choice of developer for this film.

    I have Kodak XTOL and HC110 in my darkroom, but I'm willing to purchase something else (like Kodak TMAX-RS) if it gives better results.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Jim

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    D-76 (1+1). This is the developer that T-Max films were originally tested with. Plain old D-76. Here's a good piece on the subject:

    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/hmpi/M...com/bascom.htm

    Here's a sample image from TMX, 35mm, in D-76 (1+1). If you participate in the Postcard Exchange, I sent it as a postcard as well.:



    Here's one from 120 TMX/D-76 (1+1):



    and here's one from an 8x10" TMX/D-76 (1+1):


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    I used Hc110 Dil B with Tmax 100 for years in 35mm. I rated it at 80 and dev for -20% of the published times.
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    From the third edition of the "film developing cookbook" page 50:

    "XTOL is now the developer most highly recommended by Kodak for T-max films."

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    Don Kirby uses XTOL exclusively. I've seen his prints first hand and they are stunning. Here is his website www.donkirbyphotography.com

    Check his stuff out. All shot on T-MAX100, 4x5.
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    My gripe with TMX is blown highlighs (street shots).
    The owner of the store where I buy my photo gear could not tame it, also.

    Any clues?

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    I agree with Jdef, it depends on your working conditions. I have pretty consistant working conditions, so once I did testing, I was able to control them. That is how I settled on 20% less than stated time (in a small tank, with 4 inversions every 30 seconds). TEST TEST TEST
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    Jesus, I checked out that Don Kirby, he ROCKS- you say all those images were shot on T-Max? how come I can't do that with T-max?

    (I know this is not the answer to that question-but does anyone know any other technical details about how this guy works/materials?)

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    Hi there Matt,

    In talking with Don, he has done extensive testing with TMax and XTOL. I think he uses it 1:1 and if I dig thru my stuff I am sure I can find his developing times.

    Don is a very methodical practitioner. He is also a master printer. I suspect most of the magic begins there.

    I am taking a workshop from him in Oregon this Sept and am looking forward to it.
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    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    I got up today and thought to myself...

    "I would much rather go out photographing then testing film speed"...

    So I packed up my gear and went back Downtown with several rolls of 100-TMAX.

    I rated the film at 80 and used my cameras build in meter to determine exposure (something I rarely do, I usually use a Zone VI Modified Pentax Digital Spot Meter).

    When I got home I fired up the JOBO and developed 5 Rolls in Kodak XTOL for 7 1/2 minutes.

    I don't think that they turned out to bad. I will post some of the photographs in the gallery.

    Now all I have to do is work on my scanning. My prints look so much better than the scans.

    (Actual film testing to follow)

    Jim

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