I have a few rolls of 120 and maybe 35mm Tech Pan in the freezer. Wonder if their value will likewise increase. :0 Might be a better investment than a stock portolio.
Michael, no sure if you are joking or not. I shot Tech Pan for years and had it developed in Technidol with great results. Tech Pan takes time to learn because of its charactor. I killed more than a few rolls before my developer and I figured out what subject matter it works well with and learn how to get teh right results with the developer. After some months just using it, it became my main film for some years. Then we experimented and developed it as a transparency and learned to get a smooth continious tonal range out of it and that was it. Jaw dropping to see it as a mf transpareny. It drew me away from Kodachrome as my stock tranparency film. It was like losing my favorite friend when it was discontinued. I've never found an emulsion I liked as well. Pan F is okay but still not Tech Pan.
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I have been fiddling with a home brew Tech Pan dev from the Darkroom Cookbook, and it works very well. I have a couple of sachets of technidol, but not enough to work with the amount of film I am working through.
I bought a sealed 25 sheet box of old 8x10 tech pan at a camera show for $5 last year. The box was distressed. I cut the 8x10 sheets down to 4x5 film size. It turns out that one (always the same) quadrant of the 8x10 has an adhesion spot. Something heavy was placed on the box for a long time and the emusion has thinned as it flowed away from that spot. Stll, 75 sheets of tech pan 4x5, and the ability to fine tune developer results on another 25 sheets, not bad for $5.
The results I found most acceptable with Tech Pan, after much testing were with TD-3. Still, in the end, for my work I did not care much for it. Invisible grain, yes. Everything else about it was disappointing to me, including its extended red sensitivity. I tried working with it when shooting 35mm because like many, I went through a phase during which I thought with document films I could get a larger-format look out of 35mm. To my eye, it never comes close. There is simply no substitute for bigger film. So for 35mm I decided I would stick with films like TMX and work hard to get the most out of them. Just my opinion though. I've since experimented in detail with CMS-20, just for the fun of it, but that's just horrible.