I'm waiting on some 100 iso Efke 8 x 10 sheet film. And I've been using FP4 for 8 x 10 and Delta for 4 x 5. I thinking of trying Foma in 4 x 5 and 8 x 10. I thought I'd throw it open and see what others use. I'm also glad the Melbourne gathering went well. Would have been nice to see some of you myself.
I used my first 4 sheets of Efke 25 on Saturday at the Melbourne APUG meet up and will be processing tomorrow. I have no idea how they will turn out and I don't have any hardener for the fixer, so will they scratch or won't they? Time will tell.
I'll let you know how it went tomorrow night or Wednesday.
Mike, I would be extra careful.
I have been using Kodak Portra 160VC 5x4 but I haven't seen boxes of 50 sheets available anywhere for a while. I like to buy big batches from overseas to minimise postage costs per sheet.
I processed the film today and from what I saw, it looks pretty good. I haven't checked on the light box with a loupe yet, but I'll do that tonight.
For colour I've been shooting only Porta 160NC. I tried the VC version for a while and it was great in many situations, ie, overcast; but as soon as things are a little contrasty, the blacks go quite black, which was my complaint with transparency. I think the NC version is great, and when I need a little more saturation, I just add it in Photoshop.
I'm pretty happy with the Fomapan100 in 4x5.
I started my LF adventures in 4x5 using APX100. When Agfa bit the dust I swapped to FP4+ and have been using it happily ever since.
The thought of "learning" a new film leaves me a little cold, but I am tempted to try both the new T-Max 400 and also ACROS 100. I'm biased against the former, however, because I'd prefer to support a small specialist manufacturer with a commitment to B&W analogue products over a large US multinational whose MD has reportedly stated they are transitioning to a digital only company...
As for ACROS, the price in 4x5 simply makes it uncompetitive.
Looking at your images Carey, I wouldn't change a thing.
Thanks Shane, very kind of you to say so, but I've still got a lot to learn.
I use only Foma 100 - 200 and Efke 25 and 100. I process them in PMK or D76. You use the ABC pyro formula so should get excellent results from the Foma range. Efke is very good also. The Foma 200 apparently will be in short supply for awhile I believe but eh 100 is excellent film. Foma Excel developer is a good choice as well.
I'm using ERA for my 4x5 and FP4+ in 120 for the roll film backs and
Velvia 100F, processing at this stage is LC29 1+29 for 6min I"m rating the ERA at 80 ISO insead of 100 its giving better results, I just finished processing all my 4x5 shots from my trip to the Blue Mtns, and I'm very pleased with the results, Have to scan all the Negs. caught Up with Carey,(seabird) had a great day out with him,it realy helps when you have someone who knows the area, Thanks Cary .
Thanks Brian, it was a fun day wasn't it? (other than the weather and the leech I found in my sock when I got back home...). I managed to do my bit by burning through 10 sheets of FP4+ and a couple of roll-film Velvia exposures.
I'd be interested in seeing your pictures when they're ready - mine will be a little while as I probably wont get a chance to wet-print till Easter.