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    Who's still using Efke 8x10 or larger? Banding issues?

    Hi all,

    I'm thinking of getting some efke/adox in 8x10, as I really like the look of it in 5x7 and need to switch films anyway (bad experience w foma). Anyway, was just curious if people have gone back to using this film in large formats, and whether the banding issues that caused many to leave it have been resolved. Thanks,

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    I've not had any issues in 12x20
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    Never stopped for 10x8,haven't heard of anyone else having a problem for quite a long time. I started using Adox films around the early 70's and haven't had a problem yet,

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    That long? wow!
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    Actually I began to use it before I went to MF, then LF. The quality from Adox KB14 (the 14 was the DIN speed, it's now called KB25) in a good 35mm camera with a superb lens and a good tripod, and of course the right developer, is outstanding. But the films were a lot softer back then and far more prone to processing issues.

    Over the years I've kept using it occasionally for MF and now for 5x4 & 10x8, it's my main film for 10x8 although I still have a box of Forte 200 left. I guess they weren't available in the US until quite recently.

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    I have 4 different 12x20 films and have used a box of the Efke split between images and masks. It behaves just a any good film would. Good density and good exposure qualities. (ie, it exposes how I expect it to

    Thanks Ian
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    Love it in 12x20 and before that loved it in 7x17 and 8x10.
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    How do you all develop it? I've been doing regular tray shuffling.

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    The emulsion is quite fragile as it's not as prehardened as other films so I wouldn't shuffling, if you mean more than one sheet at a time. I dish process mine singly, and use Pyrocat 2+2+100 to keep the dev time reasonably short.

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    I use it as my main film, PL50 and PL100 in 8x20 and 12x20. I brush develop with no scratches at all. Yes it takes more time than shuffling but its worth it so as not to scratch it... beautiful film.

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