Ilford FP+ 8x10 sheetfilm in PMK Pyro rotary - help!

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Chase Martin, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Chase Martin

    Chase Martin Guest

    My normal routine for years has been to shoot Ilford DELTA 100 8x10
    sheetfilm (exposed at EI 64) and develop in std. PMK Pyro in a
    Unicolor drum on a unicolor motorbase for 9 min. @ 72F (dumping the
    developer halfway through and adding fresh PMK Pyro) and starting the
    entire process with a 5 minute water bath (with the drum rotating.)
    After fixing (TF-4), I give the film a 5 minute post-soak in the used
    developer (with the drum rotating.) 10 minute rinse and I'm done.
    I get a decent amount of stain and the negs are nice, smooth and never
    have streaking, etc.
    Well, I decided that FP+ would be a better choice for better staining,
    so when I ran out of Delta, I bought a box a FP+. Now I can't find my
    Gordon Hutchins book. :(
    Would someone with similar experience with these films please suggest
    a starting time for me to experiment? 8x10 film is expensive and I
    don't want to waste a lot of film finding my groove.
    Anyone else do 4x5 or 8x10 FP+ sheet film with PMK Pyro (not Rollo) in
    a Unicolor drum/motorbase?
    Thanks for your help! You are time and $ savers!
    -Chase
     
    Chase Martin, Aug 3, 2004
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    Ronald Guest


    Hi. I've started using FP4+ (4x5) with PMK. My time is between 9.5-10
    minutes. The book recommends ("insists" is a better word) that the
    film be turned every 15 seconds and make sure it make a twack on the
    tray when you turn it. I don't use tray processing, I use the HP Combi
    developing tank (just to avoid prolonged periods in the dark). Make
    sure you save the chemistry after developing for a 2 minute final
    stain (agitating every 30 seconds).

    RON
     
    Ronald, Aug 19, 2004
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  3. FP4+ in PMK is lovely. However, especially if you use an alkaline fixer and
    a water stop bath, the afterbath is not required. I get great stain without
    the afterbath.

    Jim
     
    Jim MacKenzie, Aug 19, 2004
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  4. Chase Martin

    Ronald Guest

    You're right about the alkaline fixer (I used to use Thornton's
    stuff...how different was his stuff from PMK..do you know?) and he had
    an alkaline fixer. I always use a waterbath. As for the
    afterbath...it's really such a small deal and if the directions
    explicitly mention it, why not?

    Also: Did you read the article in Photo Techniques, comparing PMK to
    D76?

    RON
     
    Ronald, Aug 20, 2004
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