Ilfosol S and thin negs?

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  1. kslagerman

    kslagerman TPF Noob!

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    Hello, I am just starting out with the 4x5 and developing at home because the lab at school is really crowded.

    I have a decent working knowledge of the zone system and am almost positive I am exposing correctly but I am getting consistantly thin negs. I am using Ilfosol S (68-69F @ 7mins) with HP5+ 400. I am thinking there are two possibilities.. (not including the fact that I might be underexposing)

    1. I have been reading that Ilfosol is sort of a lame developer when it comes to faster films like HP5+. We use HC-110 at school and I have had MUCH better results there. Could this developer be causing the thin negs?

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    2. The lens on my 4x5 is rather old (has the old shutter speeds like 400, 200, 100, 50 etc etc) and I am not 100% sure that the shutter's timer is accurate. I definatley know that is bad at anything over a 1/2 sec. Maybe it is underexposing? I would tend to think that if the shutter's timer was sticking or going bad, it would slow down and over expose, rather than speed up and under expose.

    I attatched a pic to show what Im talking about. (pls ignore the fact that its fogged and wasnt loaded into the camera properly, its the only one i have on hand right now :p)


    Any thoughs?

    Thanks!

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  2. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If HC 110 provides good results, why mess around with something else?
     
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    I would agree. Switching developers will be a lot cheaper than thinking you need to upgrade lenses. If you have gotten good results with HC-110 with your setup, go back to that. If you still have a problem, then you'll need to try something else. :)

    Welcome to TPF! I'd love to see some of your 4x5 prints.
     
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    Looks like a developer problem, if you still have some of the Ilfosol S developer left you could increase your temp and time. You would need to test to get the right mix. Once you use it up I would go back to the HC-110 that are are having better results with.
     
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    hmmm.... I suppose you're shooting (metering) the same as you did when you processed your film at school. And, I suppose you're used to seeing denser negs. Could it be that this one is softer (less contrast) than you're used to seeing?

    Pete
     
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    good advice. When i was buying supplies for home use, I just thought i would go with the "general purpose" ilford developer for ilford film, not knowing that it would make such a difference. Im going to get a bottle of hc-110 today and see what happens. hopefully it will produce better results

    thanks to all of you.
     
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    If you are still monitoring your question...

    Concerning your first photograph: how far away were you from the subject, what focal length is your lens and how far was your bellows extended?
     
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    I don't think it's a concern. It looks to me like a normal focal legnth lens and not so close that he has more than a 6" draw. Good thought though. Nice to know some of us still understand this.

    Pete
     
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    a good thought. no significant need for reciprocity or bellows adjustment with that one. thanks again though. i think im just going to stay away from the ilfosol
     
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    lol, yes, some of us do know about these things, all LF here. Would be curious to see the same scene under the same lighting conditions with the HC-110 for comparison. It just looks very flat over thin now that I looked at it again.
     
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    i've also had the same problem with Ilford S Developer and Thin negs (though i was developing ilford pan f +. )
     

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