special T-Max developing

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  1. santino

    santino TPF Noob!

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    Ok, when it comes to grain then T-Max is pretty good but the tonal range isn'T the same Tri-X's or Hp5's. Now theres an article about a special method of developing T-Max. All you need is Edwal's Ultra Black. Now my question is, did anybody something like that before? Is anyody going to try it (because I would like to try it but I can't get that developer in Austria). If anybody would try it and if it would really work good I could try to get it shipped from the US. thanks

    note: here's the link to the article

    http://www.kbcamera.com/techniqueweeklytip.htm
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I'm a bit sceptical, I must admit.
    First, why go to all that trouble to get T-max to look like Tri-X? Why not shoot Tri-X to start with.
    Any development process on film that is that short is risky. Uneven development can occur for several reasons.
    It recommends continuous motorised agitation - which will combat some of the causes of uneveness - but continuous agitation (apart from reducing processing time by some 30%!) on a motorised base can itself cause uneven development because the outside of the reel is moving at a different speed from the inside. You get different densities at different ends of the film.
    It would work OK on a continuous feed processor but from the description it sounds like the results are pretty much the same as using a Press developer.
    All sounds a bit too Larry Lightbulb if you ask me.
     
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    you could be right and tri-x is cheaper than t-max (in austria it's a differential of 2.50 euros).
     
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    You might want to try XTOL for the Tmax. I have heard it gives better tonality to the negs.
     

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