PanF, Tmax 100, or Agfapan 100 for high contrast Antarctica scenes

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Clint O'Connor, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. I'm going to the Antarctic in 2 months with a 4x5 camera - does anyone have
    any opinion on whether I should stock up on PanF 50, Tmax 100, or Agfapan
    APX 100? There will be many very high contrast pictures. I've used all
    three - I like Tmax's exposure latitude, I've gotten some really good
    pictures with PanF. I don't have as much experience with Agfapan.

    Clint
     
    Clint O'Connor, Oct 10, 2003
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    Frank Pittel Guest

    : I'm going to the Antarctic in 2 months with a 4x5 camera - does anyone have
    : any opinion on whether I should stock up on PanF 50, Tmax 100, or Agfapan
    : APX 100? There will be many very high contrast pictures. I've used all
    : three - I like Tmax's exposure latitude, I've gotten some really good
    : pictures with PanF. I don't have as much experience with Agfapan.

    They're all good films capable of fantastic results. Now is not the time to
    start using a new film. Go with the film that you are most comfortable with.

    I'm partial to Tmax 100 though and that's what I would bring.


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    Frank Pittel, Oct 10, 2003
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    Nick Zentena Guest


    APX 4x5 is no longer in production. What is left in the warehouse is it.

    Nick
     
    Nick Zentena, Oct 10, 2003
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  4. You still have some time to test, but if Tmax's exposure latitude is
    ok for you, then it will be fine. If you can, try to do some similar
    scenes before you go (not easy probably). You will also need to
    consider appropriate filters.
     
    John Stockdale, Oct 10, 2003
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  5. have you considered FP4?
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Oct 10, 2003
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    jjs Guest

    Clint, you _must_ shoot some tests before you go. Begin with Jim
    MacKenzie's film brand suggestion, expose and develop some film and make
    adjustments now.

    If we are talking snow and ice scenes, then beware - surprisingly, _some_
    snow and ice scenes are _low_ in contrast, usually underexposed and
    underdeveloped - and the rest of the scenes can be over the top, as you
    suggested.

    (Not all of Antartica is a white wasteland, but you know that. :))
     
    jjs, Oct 10, 2003
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  7. Pan-F and TMX are problematic when it comes to contrast. I'd use them more
    for low-contrast subjects than high-contrast ones.

    Personally, I'd probably shoot Ilford FP4 Plus. I've never used APX 100 (I
    used to love APX 25, but again, as a slow film it was very contrasty) but it
    would probably be a good choice. Grain is not an issue with 4x5 even at 400
    speed.

    Jim
     
    Jim MacKenzie, Oct 10, 2003
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  8. If this discussion were pre T-grain film technology, there would be a
    consensus for Tri-X..
    Denny
     
    Dennis O'Connor, Oct 10, 2003
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    Jeff Novick Guest

    Someone mentioned APX100 is no longer in production in 4x5. PanF+ is not
    made in 4x5. Maybe it's available in the U.K., but not in the States. Tmax
    or Tri-X.
     
    Jeff Novick, Oct 10, 2003
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  10. Tri-X, hands down, for high contrast photography, snow and clear sky......
    Denny
     
    Dennis O'Connor, Oct 10, 2003
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