I had the distinct pleasure of printing a couple grainy 11x14 enlargements from expired 7/97 APX-100 shot in a half-frame 35mm camera.

I developed in D-76 1:1 for 19 minutes at 68F and achieved a Contrast Index 0.59 and EI between 64-80 (though I shot it at EI 50).

Something about one print just made me happy with it in one go. I feel the negative/film/exposure/sharpness all were PERFECT.

In all, the perfect print - and the grain isn't huge. But just as smooth and satisfying as anyone could want.

(Of course the photograph itself, just a group shot, is not newsworthy.)