Kodak T-max-400 to grainy on condensor enlarger.

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by John, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. John

    Norman Worth Guest

    I've had my problems with TMY, but grain hasn't been one of them. The film
    is a bit fussy about the developer, though. I've used D-76 (ID-11) 1+1 with
    success, and many people get along well with TMax developer or Xtol. FX-37
    also works well, but you may have to experiment to find the best developing
    time. Reducing the development time will reduce the contrast and may make
    the film easier to print with a condenser enlarger. It may also make the
    grain less apparent.
     
    Norman Worth, Sep 30, 2003
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  2. John

    lloyd Guest


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    .... well, 6x6 frames on the 120 film. To be exactly exact ...

    regards,
    --le
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    lloyd, Sep 30, 2003
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  3. Even with HP5, you should see virtually grainless 8x10's.

    See: http://zd.csimultimedia.com/S002.htm
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Sep 30, 2003
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  4. John

    Allen Zak Guest

    In 1993 had occasion to print a number of 16X20s for an exhibition
    titled "C-scapes," shown 11/93 at a now closed gallery in the Columbus
    Short North (perhaps Mike Scarpitti saw it ?). There were 34 prints
    from 35 mm negatives made over a 6 year period during which I was
    test-driving a number of different 400 speed film and developer
    combinations. All were printed with a Leitz Focomat 1C (single
    condenser) on Ilford MG and looked good to me, but my favorites were
    usually TMY in Tmax 1:9 (later I tried Xtol and liked it even better,
    although after experiencing Xtol sudden death syndrome, I went back to
    other brews).

    The main thing I discovered was that while there were differences
    among films and developers, almost any combination could be made to
    work well enough. I am to the point now that I will buy b&w film
    based on price, availability or whim.

    Allen Zak
     
    Allen Zak, Oct 1, 2003
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  5. John

    Robert M Guest

    Maybe a little late posting,
    but do you use anti newton glass in film carrier, I found that anti
    newton sanded glass leaves it's texture on print, specially when used at
    smaller apertures, when depth of field is thicker, on larger formats it
    really looks like grain, so maybe this could be also problem on leica
    size.

    As for condensor enlargers, I didn't found any problem with them, I use
    them all the time, but the light source must be properly difused also.

    On the other hand the problem could be in development, and after all,
    you shouldnt expect to get decent enlargments from leica.
     
    Robert M, Oct 19, 2003
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  6. INCOMING! INCOMING!
     
    Dennis O'Connor, Oct 19, 2003
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  7. John

    Robert M Guest

    I don't get it, what do you mean?
     
    Robert M, Oct 20, 2003
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