Easy question

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by tony_butler, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. Hope one of you experts can help with this. I am currently travelling and want to take a few rolls of B&W. I have a choice of buying TMAX or similar, or a C-41 developing method roll of B&W. After exposure, will these have to be developed quickly or can I wait a few months before developing them commercially at home? Also is there a noticeable difference between the two other than film price and developing cost and method?
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks, Tony
     
  2. This is all theory from reading, not actual use nor tests.

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    The books say that film is most sensitive to light if it is developed
    right after exposure. Higher speed films seem more subject to this
    effect.

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    If you're looking to do fine art or other critical work, it might
    matter. For shapshot work, you probably would not notice the
    difference with normal speed films.

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    Negatives made on standard films probably have a longer life than C-
    41 types, because the resulting images on C-41 are dyes rather than
    metal based.

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    People who frequently shoot B&W use standard films, I suspect. C-41
    reportedly show grain to a lesser effect, as the dyes mask it. Prints
    from a commercial lab using C-41 B&W materials are likely to come
    back with a color cast, unless custom prints are made.

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    That said, TMax films require critical processing and fine tuning of
    your approach. They aren't the best for casual use. Traditional films
    like Tri-X, Plus-X, HP5+, FP4+, Agfapan, etc., are more tolerant of
    minor processing variations.
     
  3. Tony, I'm a big user of the C-41 B&W films, particularly Ilford
    XP2+. However, the only negative that I've ever found about it is
    that the images definitely deteriorate if they're not developed soon
    after they are made, unless the film is refrigerated. It's easy to
    get C-41 film developed on the road, and that way you won't have to
    expose it to the airport x-rays on the way home. Have a good, safe
    trip. W.
     
  4. While traveling in Europe I shot many rolls of T Max, C-41 Kodak
    400, and C-41 Ilford 400. The results were less than satisfactory
    when it came to the C-41 batch (developed by Kodak). Not awful
    but just a general muddiness to the negs and a definite lack of
    sharpness and latitude. The Ilford, more contrasty than the
    Kodak C-41, was closer to a 'silver film' when it came to a lab
    print on color paper. When I tried to print in my darkroom I found
    these C41 films a bit inflexable. The TMax was great as usual. I
    recommend sticking with the TMax or using the Ilford only if
    necessary. Good luck!
     

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