C-41 Processing?

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  1. gender bombs

    gender bombs TPF Noob!

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    Okay, so i just found out from my photography teacher at school that the KODAK B&W film I have been using isn't eve black and white, she said it was like C-41. What does she mean by this and what is a good black and white film to buy?
     
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    This is B&W film that is processed through the color developing process. Take it to your local 1 hour place. They can process it. For school, get yourself some Kodak Tri-X or TMax 400 or Ilford HP-5.
     
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    C-41 is the current process used to develop modern colour film.

    I have heard good thnigs about ilford B&W films. I have used the C-41 process ilford b&w but not the normal.
     
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    This is done so that only one machine and one chemistry is maintained at the one hour place. Most of us used to be able to take our film to any lab and get B&W processed, but those days are long gone. I am afraid we will see other drastic changes in the film realm all to soon.
     
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    If you don't process your own (real) black & white film...C-41 b&w film is actually pretty good. I like it anyway. It's quite versatile because it has a wide latitude and can be developed at any lab.

    The problem is that most labs are used to doing color film, so they use inks and paper that is meant for great colors...this usually means poor results when they print b&w images.

    If you have a darkroom at school, I'm sure they want you to use real b&w film.
     
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    Thanks for all of the replies!
     
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    true BW is a lot better
     
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    Agfa ultra 50 is already discontiued
    Kodak's plant in Brizal stopped produce black and white papers
    ..........and many many...
     

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