Back in the darkroom

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by tom_mccabe, Jun 17, 2022.

  1. I'm looking for the best development and fixing time for T-Max 100. Developing with Ilford ID-11 and fixing with Ilford fixer.

    I'm also trying to find Ilford Delta Pro 400, 4x5 sheets but all forms of it seem to have disappeared. Even Ilford's website doesn't list it.

    Thanks for any info!
  2. AJG


    I can't help you with T-Max 100, but I don't think that Delta 400 ever existed in 4x5. When I tried it in 35 mm 15 years ago I contacted Ilford and they said that they weren't planning on selling it in 4x5. I wish that they had--I liked it in small formats, and it would have been great in 4x5.
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  3. I didn't check for your specifics, but I'm pretty sure that most of what still persists is to be found at places like Freestyle (LINK Home | Freestyle Photo & Imaging).

    It (film) WAS fun in its way, wasn't it?

    A few people here are actually going back to wet plate (this is not a joke).

    For fun here is
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  4. Thanks, guys. I'll go with HP5. My old eyes can't focus too well on ISO 100 film..... I'll try with 400 and see.
  5. It WAS fun! Still is. That's why I went back in there after a number of years!
  6. Film is, at least, enough fun that I don't price the time I spend in the darkroom.

    I still have my color film done in a lab, as there is one nearby and the chemistry isn't cheap.

    Though I still have some rolls to do, as it has been a while, and maybe if the
    lab did them for $1/roll, but otherwise I only consider the chemical cost.
    (I just have to get around to it.)

    In my earliest darkroom work I did 120 film, but after not so long only 35mm.

    Then maybe 10 years ago paper-backed roll film, and remembered the smell
    of unrolling Kodak backing paper. (I think others are different.) Though some
    of my film is 50 years old, so from about the same time. In any case, it
    reminded me so much of those years, so long ago.
  7. I always use the Massive Dev app on my cellphone when I process a film. According to the app T-Max 100 in !D-11 is 3mins 30 at 1+3 concentration. Stop for 1 min and fix for 5 mins but that's pretty standard for most films.
  8. It should be 13mins not 3 (and at 22 Degr. Celcius!). Just a typo I suppose.
  9. glen_h said
    Yes, I remember that smell. Amazing how encountering the same smell (or similar) can stir a memory. This true of a lot of things (like the distinctive odor that early to mid sixties transistor radios had inside the cabinet). Some things haven't changed much in odor such as fixer.
    To the original post, there might be some other ISO 400 films available in 4x5, although it might be difficult to find the same combination of tone, grain, and sharpness that Delta 400 offers.
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  10. I love the smell of fixer in the evening. ... It smells like, like... photography

    Kilgore von Weinberg
  12. My experience with ID 11 and Ilford films is that it provides a better separation of values in your shot. Another way to say this is that it is less contrasty than kodak 110 developer. Bare in mind Ilford developers have a shorter shelf life, and the smart way to handle your prized film is make new batch each time.
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  13. The smells, the headaches, the itchy hands, the cleaning up. Ah! To be back in the darkroom!
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  14. The darkroom smells I deal with today aren't bad. I think fixer (I use Ilford fixer) is the only one that really has a noticeable odor, I use HC110 for developing film. Two smells I didn't care for: prints fresh out of an Ektamatic processor and sepia toning chemicals (the bleach).
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  15. ... And Wagner on the speakers, I guess... I prefer soft jazz, actually :p
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