Thanks for the tips!
Not able to speak for others; but 1/500 at f 6.3 is plenty fast enough to stop action of the types of trains we have here in the US. Most of the places I prefer to go shoot is in the mountains and the trains are going less than 35 mph. I used to use Kodachrome II and Panatomic X in my cameras. Now I use Astia/Provia and Plus-X/Acros. For low light and long lenses I have two other cameras with Provia 400X and Tri-X/Neopan 400.
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I have been shooting moving trains for the last 35 years. Based upon my experience you should be fine with Acros on sunny days. To achieve what you say you want to, your going to need to work with high shutter speeds and smaller lens apetures to hold the train and to get as much depth of field as possible. If you have fast lens' than you should be okay. If you shoot on cloudy days than you might have trouble holding those parameters.
I orginally started out in the late 70's shooting in 35mm. After about two years I went to medium format mounted on a tripod. If your serious about shooting trains you might want to think about that as the jump in fine grain and tonality is as different as night and day compared to 35mm.
It sounds like you are familiar with Rodinal so work with that and see how you like it. It will probably be a little on the grainy side depending on how large a print you make.
For years my developer was D-76 1:1 but several years ago I switched to a Xtol replensished system. It yields really fine grain negatives with a full tonal range. If you're not comfortable with replenishment then Xtol 1:1 would be a good alternative.
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I just posted today my deal with Acufine and you can shoot at a higher asa/iso that the film indicates. Not sure why the post soak I would be afraid of uneven development if any residual developer was left.
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Rodinal will give you a long straight line and Xtol 1+1 or 1+2 will give you finer grain and smoother tonality at large enlargement, but less bite. It might also tame hot highlights a touch by introducing a slight shoulder.
If making big prints out of 35mm, I would go for Xtol. It will also give you more film speed than Rodinal (by about 1/2 stop), but as always its about personal opinion. I love rodinal with some films but it can be a bit hot when the sun comes out, unless you are able to develop a whole roll with contrast reduction in mind.
Unfortunately not, since I never keep notes on anything except large format, which I've just started. I do remember, though, that it was taken when I was in a habit of ignoring the light meter and adhering to the sunny 16 rule, and this was a sunny day. So the odds are very good that it's EV 15, so either 1/125@f/16, 1/250@f/11, or 1/500@f/8. The camera had just been CLA'd, too, so the shutter speeds should be pretty good.
Originally Posted by BetterSense
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The best developer is ID-11. Hands down. No competition. Close the thread.
PS I haven't tried anything else.
I'm not sure if it's "the best", but Fuji's Super-Prodol developer is quite nice for Fujifilms (unsurprisingly). I'm not sure of its availability in the US, but at least in Japan it's rather cheap (only a few dollars for a bag of 1liter mixture).
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That film looks great in any developer. It is sharp and fine grained, period, and won't show differences between developers as readily as some coarser-grained and less sharp films. You will likely see differences in tonality using box recommendations, but if you are testing for "normal" developing to begin, the differences in tonality between developers will be slighter than you would imagine. Lighting and printing are significantly more important than the film developer used. I would just use whatever I was already using. Or, if you really want to try something new, and since you mentioned economy, how about replenished D-23 (or even one shot D-23)?
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What's a "post-soak"??? Never heard of it.
Originally Posted by ssloansjca
Of course, I've only been developing film for 56 years, so perhaps I missed something.
I "post soak" in water at exactly the same temp of the developer, after development, with inversion agitation, to remove excess developer so there is no chemical reaction with the stop bath. Water is cheap. I store a couple of gallons of water and all my chemicals in the same place.
Then into the stop it goes, then into fixer. I do not want any temp variation at this step so I do not use a running water rinse until the film is hardened; because in my house that varies a lot. I have never had a problem with this, but I have only been developing film for 20 years less than you have. I was born shortly after you started developing film.