I wasn't trying to insult your friend. I was just making the point that if you buy the usual Ilford, Kodak, Fuji stuff and if you shoot it and develop it as per manufacturers' specifications with fresh developer even if you make a mistake or two in regards to time, temperature, and agitation you should still get something quite usable. This is what I actually said...
Originally Posted by jnanian
The first part of that statement is key. You said that you are using sheet film which implies manual hand held metering and a mechanical shutter on a large format camera. That is your friend's choice. I advise noobs to get a 35mm full auto camera and start off with the manufacturer's specifications. I have never seen anyone screw up with that. I am pretty sure your friend was not developing Ilford 400 shot at box speed developed in fresh D76. As fiddlers we can create all sorts of weird ways to screw up film, but my experiment proposal was to take all that stuff out of the equation and provide a baseline.
Originally Posted by Noble
One thing I've learned over the years is that mass market B&W film has quite a bit of latitude. Being off by a half a stop or developing for a minute more or less or agitating a bit more or less usually still yields a pretty decent image. To get the results like you described takes a major screw up with regular run of the mill B&W film. Check out this very forum. How many times does someone say I shot this film and I was off by one or two stops and people just advise to develop normally? Now with weird film and techniques all bets are off.
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