I just don't touch anything when it's wet. I don't unspool the film from the reel. I just expose both sides of the reel (a metal one) for 1 minute each at the glow of a 21w compact fluorescent cool white light. Almost at contact with the lamp.
Originally Posted by NDP_2010
The softening of the emulsion depends also on the first developer. It's actually the high pH shift that causes damage.
If you use a more diluited first developer you'll reduce that pH shift. You must also reduce the permanganate content (aim is 0,3g in 300ml) and the acid (I use 150ml of a 1% sulfuric acid solution).
Important is keeping a relatively low temperature of 18°C (also lower) of the bleach.
I don't think Fomapan 100 emulsion is more hardened than any Ilford counterpart. The opposite can be true.