Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/07

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Subject: Re: Film suggestions for dark party?
From: Welch <>
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 14:34:34 -0700

You're getting a lot of advice, and I'll add mine. HP5+ is great in Microphen at 800 
and 1600, but you'll need more than that probably. I would just shoot Tmax 3200. It's 
really great stuff at 3200 and beyond too. I have good results developing it in Tmax 
1+4, at 80 degress. Develop it with minimal agitation -- a gentle inversion every two or 
three minutes -- for six to eight minutes, or longer if using a higher ISO. In my 
experience, shooting it at 3200 and developing warm with little agitation results in 
fine grain and beautiful tones that print on grade 2 in my Leitz Focomat Ic (see, on 
topic!). The lack of agitation seems to prevent the highlights from blocking up, and of 
course fighting contrast is the big problem you will face.

I used that formula shooting night football just last weekend and got nice, even 
results, even with black jerseys/black helmets.

Good luck.