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Good 4x5 B/W film?

 
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Jan 09, 2011 00:12 |  #1

Okay...right now I'm enrolled in a "large format" view camera course. The local camera supply store has a limited selection of 4x5 films, so I'm trying to decide what to use early, since I may end up having to order it.

Anyway, one of the restrictions for the course is that we have to use ISO/ASA 400 film. I believe the only 400 black and white film that the local shop has in the 4x5 format is the Ilford HP5. I worked with HP5 on 35 mm and it was okay, but I much preferred the Kodak T-Max 400.

So I'm probably just going to order a crapload of 4x5 T-Max 400 film. I liked the film for 35 mm, I'm assuming that I'll like it for 4x5 format. My only question is...are there any extra considerations I should think about when using large format?

For example, in 35 mm, I never really screwed around much with variations in development. I'd always have multiple pictures on a single roll, so it didn't make much sense to give the entire roll N+2 development just for one shot. So I always just pretty much kept development the same. But now seeing that I'm hypothetically going to actually be able to do unique processing for individual images, does T-Max 400 film work well in those situations? Does it respond well to pushing and pulling? Am I going to see film grain exceed beyond acceptable tolerances before I get the desired change in negative densities?

Those are just a couple of EXAMPLES of questions. But it basically boils down to...when I shot T-Max 400 film on 35 mm, I loved it. But I was also really only developing it one particular way. Now that I'm planning on using the film differently (in 4x5), are there any problems with T-Max 400 film that are likely to arise as a result of me using it differently?

I found T-Max 400 to be a very good 400 speed 35 mm film. But is it a good film for 4x5 format photography, in which I'm planning on making lots of variations on development?




  
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Jan 09, 2011 15:21 |  #2

B&W film prices are about to go up substantially because of the silver market.

Just about any 4x5 B&W film is going to give you fantastic results. Arista is repackaged Foma from what I understand. But the TMAX T-grain films are pretty nice - and with a price to go with it. As always with B&W, most of the control is during exposure and development, so depending on your needs you'll want to select particular developers to control contrast, density, d-max, etc.


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Jan 21, 2011 22:01 as a reply to  @ post 11679051 |  #3

You can also try: www.APUG.org (external link)


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