Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/19

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Cold light
From: "Takeshi Hashimoto" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 03:41:54 -1100

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On Fri, 19 May 2000 10:22:10   Austin Franklin wrote:
>> You MUST reduceyou developing times from the "standard" Kodak times by 
>about > 25%; even better, use a compensating developer like Rodinal or 
>Acutol (better) AND > reduce your times by 25%. This will give a MUCH 
>better result with the condenser > than youcan get with cold light. Trust 
>Been there, done that.  Not even close.  I get a far better tonal range, 
>and much better definition with my cold light than any procedure I have 
>ever tried with a condenser.  The incandescent light source just can't do 
>what the cold light source can...
>I also overdevelop my negatives by %30 for cold light printing.

Are you using a Leica enlarging lens? Mine is a Focotar-2 50mm f/4.5. I get FANTASTIC results using Acutol with FP4 on a condenser enlarger.  The less you develop your film, the better: better definition, less grain, etc.

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