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    I'm starting with the opposite... I have a basic zone system going with FP4, but I'm looking to simplify everything by just throwing all exposures, and maybe even different kinds of film into a 2 bath developer, which should give consistent negatives in terms of contrast with over/under exposure, as well as different speeds.
    New-ish convert to film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Replenished Xtol keeps waste down to a minimum, about 80-100ml per 120 film (equivalent), and it actually has different tonality than straight Xtol, or dilute. It's as sharp as diluted developer, but has finer grain, at the loss of film speed (which would work great for you with the flat lighting you describe).

    Just a thought. I loved running Xtol replenished, and may some day return to it, but am on the D76 band wagon now and need to use it long enough to be proficient with it.
    I'll check that out.

    I'm still debating in my mind, as when I first started with film, my father said something along the lines of "Plus-X, Tri-X, and D-76 are all you need" So I have a pretty good working knowledge of D76, though I did jump to FP4+ and HP5+ a while ago. I've used D76 straight all the way to 1:5 (semi-stand for extreme compensation). Every time I've tried another developer, film, or combo, it just isn't quite as nice as FP4+ in D76 1:3, with my fairly rough Zone times. I guess I'm already set in my ways.

    Thanks for the tips everyone... looking back at what I've shot on 4x5, it seems like my shots on the same day are similarly exposed, so doing the taco or similar method with 3 sheets in each of my tanks, developing them at the same time, for their respective times should be fine. There shouldn't be harm in letting film sit in rinse after an acid stop waiting for the other tank.

    I guess I'll just stick to my ways instead of trying something totally new.
    New-ish convert to film.
    Pentax MX for 35mm
    Bronica ETRS for 645

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