Pleasantly Surprised

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by db1, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. db1


    I was a little bored this afternoon so I decided to try messing with
    some film.

    So I grab a roll of APX 100 and headed for the nearby National

    I exposed it at 50 asa and then developed it in D76 1:1 for 10
    minutes @ 68.

    As far as I can tell right now, they came out great (they are still

    Anyone else shoot this combination? Any thoughts or advice?
  2. Sounds like a pretty standard "next step" in the evolution of most photographers. After awhile, exposing film at its nominal ISO and processing it according to manufacturer's data, almost all of us start wondering, "What if...?" A lot of my "What if's" involve seeing how much I can abuse film in the way of push processing (underexposing and overdeveloping). But that's mostly 35mm. In medium format I usually try to nail the exposure at a given film's ideal EI and process it accordingly. To answer your question more specifically, so far I haven't dropped as far down as EI 50 with APX 100. I've found that it works fine for my tastes at or very near 100, but that may be due to my personal metering quirks. Different developers can influence effective speed too.
  3. Outstanding... That a self portrait, Lex?

  4. Indeed, lovely image and tones.
  5. APX is one of those things that people use because it works not because of the AD budget. I shoot it at 64 but the difference between that and 50 isn't really worth mentioning.
  6. Not quite a self portrait - I'd have to lose a few pounds.

    The original print is better. More detail in the shadows, such as the mushroom stems, below the skull, etc. My ancient flatbed just can't capture a full range of tones. The paper is Ilford's glossy pre-printed postcard stock - nice stuff, even if you don't like RC.
  7. The real print is *always* better. I hate scanning my stuff and looking at the screen and saying, "Argh, it doesn't really look like that!"

    I haven't tried APX in D-76, but I have done it in PMK and I love it. I find that cutting 1/3-2/3 of a stop on film makes for a world of difference.
  8. Tried it and like it very much although I use a time of 7 minutes to keep the
    highlights down on a contrasty day... After pulling some 8x10's, shoot the
    same subject with close to the same lighting and then get some Divided D76.
    It is a split bath developer you can make or buy (from Photo Formulary). 3
    minutes Bath A, 3-4 minutes Bath B, Fix and wash... Compared to the D76 1:1,
    you very well will be even more pleased and surprised with the extremely fine
    grain and perfect development time after time!!
  9. db1


    Scott, you shot APX 100 at 50 and then developed in D76 1:1 for 7 minutes?

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