Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] TCN400
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 12:54:09 -0400

I can vouch that the Kodak film with the integral mask prints on colour
paper with less variation between over and under exposed negs.- you get
better and more consistent print. With XP-2- the slopes are almost
impossible to adjust so the prints are truly black and white.
The mask, being 'red' is complementary to cyan. Since the contrast sensitive
layers are influence by yellow ( low contrast) and magenta ( high contrast),
then either cyan or its complement, red should have minimal effect. In any
event, if you are using a dichroic head, you can neutralize the mask.
All things considered, as a person who runs a minilab, I prefer T400-CN for
printing on color paper, and as far as printing on B+ACY-W paper, I can see no
problem. Besides, and this is just my personal opinion, I think the Kodak
film exhibits finer +ACI-grain+ACI-- even though both XP2 and T400CN use dyes to
form the image, and the dye particles are smaller than any silver grain, the
Kodak film seems to have better definition- I would just describe it as
finer grain.