Favourite Fine Grain Combination

gardenshed

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Kodak Technical Pan & Acutol. (it was Acutol..? )
Almost grainless.

Unlikely combination I know, but gives you medium format resolution at 35mm.

At medium format..... buckle on your infinity belt.

Downside - using a focus-finder makes almost no difference at usual enlargement sizes.
 

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The other downside is that Tech Pan doesn't have good enough gradation for general photography.
 

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The other downside is that Tech Pan doesn't have good enough gradation for general photography.

Tech Pan had great gradation. What were you developing it in?
 

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Any 4x5 film in generic phenidone developer. I have Pan F, FP4, HP5, and Tri-X stocked right now. The grain is invisible even with the ISO 400 at 16"x20", which is as large as I'm printing in my darkroom these days.
 

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Accufine. Too contrasty for Tech Pan?

I have never used Accufine with Tech Pan but I would figure that it is too contrasty.

This is Tech Pan developed in Technidol.


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Oh, how I miss that film.
 
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You'd think it would be contrasty, but you use a greater dilution, and a much longer time - and expose at 50ASA. The result is surprising.

1/20, if i remember. One inversion every minute after the first 30 seconds.

For....

13 minutes for condenser
15 minutes for diffuser??

And it was Acutol.
 

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