Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Tri-X rated at 200ASA with an M2
From: "rlb" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 04:59:54 -0700


Several months ago I attended a presentation by Jack Leigh.  He is an
exceptional photographer from Savannah, Georgia.    He exhibited some
absolutely gorgeous prints, full of depth, beautiful highs and the shadows
were full of detail.  He has used nothing buy Tri-x at ISO 200 for years.
He processes in D-76, 1:1,  68F for 7 minutes.  I have tested it and the
negatives are beautiful.    I don't think that it will replace my Delta
films in Xtol but under some lighting conditions it does have a very
appealing appearance.

Bob Bedwell

Subject: Re: [Leica] Tri-X rated at 200ASA with an M2

> Craig,
> as you know, the reason for rating TX at ASA/ISO 200 or 250 it to
> systematically overexpose in order to obtain better detail in the shadow
> areas. Obviously the highlights also receive more exposure. Therefore it
> necessary to underdevelop to prevent "blocking" of the highlights.
> How much underdevelopment depends on developer, developing temperature,
> agitation. 20%-25% of your normal time should be within the safety zone.
> The first time I used this expansion/compression technique, it was by
> mistake. I photographed a bank with a high shadow to highlight ratio as an
> exercise for my own satisfaction with TX. I knew that I had to meter the
> shadow in order to get adequate detail and exposed accordingly. However I
> had not heard of underdevelopment yet.
> As it happened, I looked at the wrong chart for developing times and
> processed the film for two minutes less than normal. During the wash/dry
> process I realized my mistake and new that my film would be too thin.
> To my surprise the negatives were very normal and printed without need for
> dodging or burning.
> Joe Codispoti
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "craig egerer" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2000 4:59 PM
> Subject: [Leica] Tri-X rated at 200ASA with an M2
> > Hello,
> > I have been seen many on the list referring to using Tri-X film and
> > shooting it at 200asa...I would like to know what developing times are
> > required for this... I normally use D-76 or HC-110...I  shot a roll
> > today with my M2 with a 50mm ( soon be shooting with a 35mm f2 when I
> > locate a nice user)..... and  would like to see the results after
> > checking with the luggers that know.......
> >
> > Thanks , Craig
> >
> >