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    arista 120 film at freestyle

    What film is this currently, Foma? I usually shoot Tri X or TMAX 400, and develop in TMAX developer. I shoot to scan. Is this a film I may very much enjoy? Or should I just buy TMAX.
    Thanks for your input,
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    Arista EDU Ultra is rebranded Fomapan.
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    If you like Tmax I'm not sure how keen you'll be about Foma.
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    I shoot it in all formats and love it, but I print in the dark room, I can't speak to scanning, I only scan finished prints never negatives.
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    I may just buy some TMY then. I usually shoot my TMAX at 800 and develop at box for darker shadows. I'm not sure how Fomapan would deal with that kind of treatment.

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    I've been using it to test cameras with after repairs in both 4x5 and 120 formats, good film.
    I rate it similar to TriX with finer grain structure. A significant improvement over Fomapan of 10 to 15 years ago.

    I've only shot and processed it at box speed and time.

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    It's less than a buck a roll from Tmax. If you're used to tmax, continue enjoying it.

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    Here's a link to several negatives scans made from Arista.EDU Ultra 100, if this is of interest . . . . . Click Here . You can download them, manipulate them, and print or test them all you wish. I can make others available if required. The scans are straight color scans from the scanner with no adjustments made. I did use jpeg compression, but did not resize the image. I've used Arista.EDU Ultra 100 both in roll and sheet (4x5 & 5x7) for a number years now. I'm fine with it.
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    Fomapan 100 has nice tonality, but I've never really liked the 400. Its quite grainy and of all the 400 films I've tried, it is my least favorite. The Foma 120 films also curl VERY badly when dry. A real bitch to deal with when trying to get them into a neg carrier, scanner, or neg page.
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    The film-base and the backing-paper have been improved in the last year or so, for all the 120 Foma films. The 400 is still not a 'real' 400 speed though, try setting your meter to 200.

    Mentioning 200 . . . the Fomapan 200 material is a different style of emulsion to either the 100 or 400 and many people find it the most modern of the three rolls. It may not be available in an 'Arista' packaging though.

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