Plus-X Pan query

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by brett "vangelic surgeon" windhausen, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. I like to use Tri-X and T-Max 100 quite a bit, but I've been itching
    to try out Plus-X Pan. The only developer I have available is D-76
    (school lab). I do buy all my own papers, however. What is the
    general consensus on Plus-X? In other words, how is its tonality,
    actuance, general look (all in D-76, of course). Thanx 4 any
  2. A lot nicer, in my opinion than T-Max 100! Much better tonality.
  3. Plus-X is very nice film. Try diluting your D-76 1:1 and using it 1 shot. Suggested development time for this combination at 68 deg. F is 7 minutes. Full strength D-76 needs only about 5.5 minutes and that's working too fast for me. With longer development times you have some room for small timing errors without causing big differences in your results.
  4. It's lovely film. It's probably best exposed a little more than ISO=125 in order to get maximum shadow detail, say ISO=80.
  5. I posted a reply to this question yesterday, but it isn't here so I'm not sure what happened.

    I love Plus-X. The tonality is great.

    I found after doing some PEI tests with a densinometer that I need to rate Plus-X at ISO 80 and develop for 9.5 minutes in D76 1:1 at 68deg... that is about a minute longer than the Kodak times. The difference between shooting and developing with my testing results versus the kodak iso and times is huge. I was always printing at grade 3.5 and now I print at grade 2. The tonal range is much better now.

  6. Plus-X is a perfectly fine film and D-76 1:1 is the most common developer. That said, I actually preferred the results using D-76 full strength. Because I don't shoot a huge amount of film, I used it as a one-shot. Try a roll both ways and see which you like. You should also find it a much easier film to print well than TMX.
  7. Brett, I have used Plus-X since the 1960's for 35mm, 120 and 4x5. Always developed it in D-76 1:1 (roll film), or straight for sheet film. Finer grained than Tri-X. Here's an example of 35mm.

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