Re: HP5+ for alternative processes

From: William Laven ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 04/02/04-06:57:29 PM Z
Message-id: <p06020452bc93bbf9c3e6@[]>

I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your film tests. Please
keep the list informed.

While FP4 is a great film, the little bit of speed gain of HP5 is often needed.

>The difficulty is that people do not compare like with like.
>Similar claims for pyro have been made for many years, although the
>evidence does not appear to support them.
>As there seems to be a need to clarify the position, a group of us
>are conducting objective comparative tests with Tri X, HP5 developed
>in various pyro developers and FP4 developed in pyro, PQ Universal
>and amidol which, those who know it, have found to be probably the
>best developer for alternative processes of any available. It is
>also a beautiful developer for silver gelatine paper. I really do
>recommend that you should try it.
>It is probably true that films with modern grain structures such
>Tri X and HP5, which are designed to flatten off at a density of
>about 1.8, will show a slight increase in quality for alternative
>process printing if they are developed in pyro rather than standard
>developers. But when platinum prints made from negatives
>developed in pyro are compared with prints made from negatives made
>from films with a traditional grain structure such as FP4, developed
>in amidol or PQ Universal, it is clear that the FP4 has the
>advantage in terms of density range and subtlety of gradation.
>In order to help us conduct our comparative test, I wonder if you
>could be kind enough to post the formula for the pyro developer you
>mentioned. It would be good to test about a dozen different pyro
>developers in order to give the test scientific credibility.
Received on Fri Apr 2 18:57:35 2004

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