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Never had problems with it. During college (1970's) and near the end of its production I used D 76. When I started buying outdated Panatomic-X I used HC 110 initially dilution B and later dilution H.

Some of my results:

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outdated in 1982, HC110 dilution H

Here's one I shot in the late 70's and processed in D76

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shot with Konica Auto S2

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From a roll outdated in 1977, HC110 dilution B (shot about five years ago)

Panatomic-X will keep for a long time without showing fog. Here's a shot from a roll that expired in 1964 that I shot about 8 or so years ago.

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box speed then was 40 and not 32, also used HC110 dilution B

My observation is that while Panatomic-X has a wide latitude for a slow fine grained film, overdeveloping, underexposure, or both will increase the contrast.

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FWIW

When I started with 35mm film, all my black and white work was with Panatomic-X. It did require accurate metering or it might look 'flat'. I shot Kodachrome (ASA10) for color.

When Kodachrome 25 came out I shot everything at ASA32.

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I still miss the film.

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Modern Photography 1972-09

 

Expose around f/8-11 at 1/125th, develop in D76 for some minutes....:rolleyes:

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As with any negative film, expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights.

 

At the peak of the ISO (ASA) race in the 60's, Kodak doubled the labeled speed of their B&W film without any changes in formulation. Tri-X went from 200 to 400, etc. I got best results metering shadowed skin tones, which is roughly half the reflectivity of 13% grey, and equivalent to using half the film speed for "average" exposures. Loss of shadow detail was especially problematic for indoor candids, because of increased red content, and shadows cast by normal room lighting.

 

My favorite developer was D-76, diluted 1:1, for a longer time (per label), and discarded after each use.

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I recall using Panatomic X for a project that was going to be printed larger than 8x10 and needed to have good tones and less grain than Tri X which was an everyday film. We were also shooting 35mm, didn’t have good access to a Hasselblad in those days. I liked it and wish they would bring it back.

 

Rick H.

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When I was young, Panatomic-X from Freestyle, in 100 foot rolls for $5, and developed in Diafine, was my favorite.

 

The Diafine box has recommended between EI 160 and 250, over the years.

 

I now have both Diafine and HC-110, and use both with it.

-- glen

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I dont find Pan X extremely contrasty at all. It for me is anything but. I find its contrast softer then other slow speed films. This film is one of the best tonal quality films I've ever used. I wished Kodak would bring it back to be honest. In the mean time, I still use what of the stash of it I still have left over.
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My experience with Panatomic-X is that when you got every thin right it was beautiful and fine grained. However it was not as forgiving as films like Tri-X. If you look at the curves for density v. exposure Kodak published you will notice it did not have the range as was not forgiving of mistakes.
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My experience with Panatomic-X is that when you got every thin right it was beautiful and fine grained. However it was not as forgiving as films like Tri-X. If you look at the curves for density v. exposure Kodak published you will notice it did not have the range as was not forgiving of mistakes.

Exactly. This is the same for Ilford’s Pan F 50 which is a beautiful film, but still less forgiving than say HP5.

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Exactly. This is the same for Ilford’s Pan F 50 which is a beautiful film, but still less forgiving than say HP5.

 

PanF+ is well known for poor latent image keeping.

After not so long, the preprinted frame numbers are almost gone.

 

I once had a roll of Tri-X that I forgot for 30 years.

(Borrowed the camera from my father, and returned it with a roll inside.)

 

I also had a roll or two of Panatomic-X and a roll of Verichrome Pan

that were close to 35 years after exposure. All were not so bad,

considering the years. (And that they might not have been so well

exposed in the first place.)

-- glen

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I just shot a roll of '91-expired FX yesterday; I exposed it at ISO 25 and gave it an extra 30 seconds in HC-110B (at 20 degrees C the sheet call for 4+30, I gave it 5) and I was very happy with the result, very little base fog.

 

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Leica IIIg, 50/2 Summicron (v.1 Collapsible)

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I have been using more rolls of my Pan X stash lately, and every one of them turned out rather well. I even shot a roll on my half frame camera, which I still have to scan up yet. It really is a great film. It has a quality to it that just makes it look so good.
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On 7/6/2022 at 1:36 PM, JDMvW said:

You could also reverse process it for B&W slide, though I didn't do that often.

I have the "Kodak Direct Positive Film Developing Outfit", which is meant to do that.

Someday I will try mixing one up.

One interesting thing is that the second developer has such a short life,

that you have to mix it while the first roll is in the first developer.

I am not sure about its lifetime before mixing.

-- glen

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This is a film I mourned when it went away, it was my favourite film. I shot this film at 12 or 25 ASA then processed it in D-76 normal. I liked the high contrast aspect since I was living in the Pacific Northwest back then, where is raining and overcast most of the time, making for very soft light. The contrast of the film helped a lot!

Hasselblad 500 c/m 80mm C lens Kodak Panatomic-X 120 film.

 

 

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