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by Wirehead
Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Prewash?
Replies: 14
Views: 23982

From what I've read, most modern films contain various surfactants that ensure that the developer is absorbed quickly into dry film. They also help with high-speed coating. By this token, a prewash is not necessary and will cause the developer to be absorbed slower than dry film, hence leading to lo...
by Wirehead
Tue May 08, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Old formulae
Replies: 35
Views: 36240

*sigh* If you want a developer that: 1) Will never go bad.... or, more to the point, will never go so bad as to stop being able to develop negatives... 2) Develops negatives with the highest possible accutance, at the expense of actual resolution, sharpness, and fine grain. 3) Can be added to water ...
by Wirehead
Tue May 08, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Fomapan and Hc 110
Replies: 8
Views: 9325

Foma's hardening technologies are well behind Kodak, Ilford, and Fuji's. You need to be super-careful when the negatives are wet. I basicly don't touch anything but the tail and leader of the film until the after I've left the negatives to dry overnight. I don't squeegie it or anything.
by Wirehead
Sun May 06, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Contax lenses: In the same league as Leica or Hasselblad?
Replies: 4
Views: 6324

An astonishingly large number of lenses these days are in the same league as Leica or Hasselblad lenses. :P

Remember, the H-series 'blads are using Fuji lenses, not Zeiss lenses. And you don't hear folks complaining about how their H-series 'blad isn't sharp. :)
by Wirehead
Thu May 03, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Night Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 6115

Night photography is one of my specialties. IMHO, Fuji Neopan 100 Acros is a better bet than T-Max 100, on account of the improved reciprocity. Assuming a full moon, over the course of an hour or so, you will generally go from exposure readings of ISO 100 f/16 1/100 to ISO 100 f/2.8 1m. Given that t...
by Wirehead
Thu May 03, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Fomapan and Hc 110
Replies: 8
Views: 9325

Fomapan 100 and 200 develop too quickly to be controllable in HC-110 dillution B (the standard 1:31 version). So dillution H is 1:63.... half as much syrup as you'd use for dillution B. Then you get managable times.

I do it with the 200 all the time and it works quite well.
by Wirehead
Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Ansel Adams - Which Book?
Replies: 96
Views: 107486

You want the latest versions of: The Camera The Negative The Print and that's your complete course in "how to shoot like Ansel Adams". There's also "Examples: The Making of 40 prints". You have to take it with a grain of salt, of course. Much has changed since he last edited the books. Some of his a...
by Wirehead
Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:25 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Seeking High Contrast results.
Replies: 34
Views: 33064

So, Ornello? Some of us are quite acustomed to the standard results and would like to screw around with other directions. And don't knock my grainy infrared nudes, either. :P Dono. Slide film has a gamma of over 1. What's wrong with B&W negatives having a gamma over 1, especially with an eye towards...
by Wirehead
Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Seeking High Contrast results.
Replies: 34
Views: 33064

Nothing is so simple. The resulting tonal curve from developing normally and adjusting contrast while printing will be different from developing high-contrast and printing normal contrast while printing. If you scan your negatives like I do, you quickly discover that even a 16-bit-per-channel CCD sc...
by Wirehead
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Epson 4990 Software, Suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

So, between all of the scanner manufacturers, Epson has some of the better bundled software, IMHO. So try it out and if you can't deal with it, then see about looking elsewhere. I haven't felt the need yet. But you do want to take it to the professional mode where you can control all of the paramate...
by Wirehead
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Is there a digitaltruth-like site for color film?
Replies: 7
Views: 7891

Yeah, but then I have to worry about how you crazy Europeans use 220v/50hz instead of 110v/60hz.

And don't get me started on the metric system. 5,280 feet to the mile and water boiling at 212 F builds CHARACTER! :P
by Wirehead
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Efke IR820
Replies: 23
Views: 69817

I read it through babblefish and couldn't figure out what the big deal is. The impression the translation gave me was that the IR recipe was Efke's recipe all along.

But then again, I'm reading a rough machine translation. I speak American real goodly I does, and that's about it. :P
by Wirehead
Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Is there a digitaltruth-like site for color film?
Replies: 7
Views: 7891

Well, I'm kinda annoyed because the folks in Europe have resellers for the Novatronic immersable heater/thermostat but us in the US don't. :/
by Wirehead
Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Efke 127 R100 Wash, Develop, Stop, Fix. How is it done?
Replies: 6
Views: 7204

Re: Contact Printing 127

Thanks Ornello. The final result I want is "retro" so I guess I really did have contact printing in mind. I was just trying to avoid the project of fashioning a darkroom!! Why? Because enlargers are large, wheras my developing gear fits into a basket. Not everybody's got room for all the hardware. ...
by Wirehead
Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Efke IR820
Replies: 23
Views: 69817

Well, there's a pretty big difference between the two from what I can see. Yes, there's wood effect in both shots, but it's more intense in the top one (assuming that's the IR820c). I suspect a carefully formulated IR850 could best IR820c. Consider Konica 750, which, because of the valley in IR sens...