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stevierose
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Re: FX39

Post by stevierose » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:07 am

Omello
I’m about to start using FX-39. Thanks so much for working out these times. What agitation method did you use? Do the same times apply for 35mm and 120?

Thanks!

Steve


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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:43 pm

stevierose wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:07 am
Omello
I’m about to start using FX-39. Thanks so much for working out these times. What agitation method did you use? Do the same times apply for 35mm and 120?

Thanks!

Steve
I use 35mm only.

I use Paterson tanks. Always fill the tank almost to the top, even if you are developing fewer rolls than the tank can hold.

I pre-soak the film before development for several minutes, then pour out the water and invert the tank to let it drain well.

I then pour in the developer (again, almost to the top) and begin slow, gentle inversions (with rotation) for the first 30 seconds.

I then agitate in the same manner (two gentle inversions with rotation) once per minute.

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Re: FX39

Post by stevierose » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:08 pm

Thanks for your detailed helpful reply. Have you tested Ilford FP4+?

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:54 pm

stevierose wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Thanks for your detailed helpful reply. Have you tested Ilford FP4+?
Not yet, but I would suggest 1+17 for 7 to 7.5 minutes to start.

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Re: FX39

Post by stevierose » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:35 pm

Many thanks! I develop with the intention of scanning the negatives. Should I reduce the development time?

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Re: FX39

Post by pirateoversixty » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:18 pm

ornello:

Our film developing schemes are almost identical. The only part I am ambivalent about is the prewash. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. As I have said before, I shoot mostly 120 as I prefer the bigger viewfinder image. What is your preferred film with this developer? I have been using Ultrafine 400 Extreme for a number of years, but plan to change over to Bergger Pancro 400 when I use up my present stock. Also have some of the mythical XR-1 mixed up that I may use.
Jim M

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:35 pm

stevierose wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:35 pm
Many thanks! I develop with the intention of scanning the negatives. Should I reduce the development time?
I would not recommend scanning B&W negatives. It doesn't work well.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:41 pm

pirateoversixty wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:18 pm
ornello:

Our film developing schemes are almost identical. The only part I am ambivalent about is the prewash. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. As I have said before, I shoot mostly 120 as I prefer the bigger viewfinder image. What is your preferred film with this developer? I have been using Ultrafine 400 Extreme for a number of years, but plan to change over to Bergger Pancro 400 when I use up my present stock. Also have some of the mythical XR-1 mixed up that I may use.
Jim M
Ilford Delta 400 seems rather sweet with it.

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