Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] winning b/w combination
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 20:08:37 EST

Yes, I agree with you about TMax.  I just don't like the "clumps" of grain and
the contrast.  Of course it could be me but I don't think so.  I prefer the
Delta films shot at around 60% of the ISO ratings and developed in Xtol at
around 75% of the recommended times.  Typically the grain is so tight that I
have difficulty focusing with a grain magnifier.  35mm negatives act like 6x6
negatives.  Very happy with it.

Bob Bedwell

<< >My questions are:
 >-1 Do I really need to overexpose a film to get the best result? (e.g.
 >TMax 100, shot at
 >    64 ISO)
         I find T-Max to be an awful film and while overexposure will
 "reduce" grain the other effect is the increased contrast. Good or bad
 depending on your tastes.
         My preferences for B&W film is Fuji Neopan. Depending on the "NEED"
 I also use Agfa B&W film.  The 25ASA is stunning.
 I am not a avid B&W shooter but this is a film I have had no problems with
 and the tonal range in very good.  
         It works well in T-Max developer (very convienient) and finer
 results with Rodinal. I just use the normanl developing instructions and
 hand processed.