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More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

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Really nice image there, Chris. (y)(y)I have not used Diafine but I am working with DDX which has been very good.

How does Diafine compare?


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Yes, the usual advice is to learn to use one developer thorougly, and then stick with it. Too much experimentation here and there can lead to confusion with the results.


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Test sample, made with a self made Quartz glass lens 3.2/75mm
Ilford FP4+, Wehner Developer, Nikon F801s, negative scan Epson V700
The left picture were made with f/3.2 and the right with f/16
Analog films are sensitive for UV light dowe to 280nm, our eyes are only down to 370nm. The quartz glass let pass this invisible light rays and the film makes it visible.
The UV light has a different focus than the visible light so you get two pictures in one, that gives a very unique kind of softness and it can be influenced by the aperture.
The lens were made of three elements only and it not 100% corrected.



Really nice image there, Chris. (y)(y)I have not used Diafine but I am working with DDX which has been very good.

How does Diafine compare?
Well, I've not used DDX, so I'm not much help!
Diafine is a split bath, compensating developer. It gives fine grain, a slight speed boost, time and temp variations won't affect results and you can develop different ISO films together. Tri-X and Diafine were (are) the news photographers staple. Over or under exposure have little effect. Shadows won't block and highlights won't blow.

DDX provides full film speed, fine grain and a very long scale, straight line tonality with depth in shadows, good mid-tone separation and detail in highlights. Ideal with 100 ISO modern films like Delta or T-MAX but works well with all film. Delta 100 and DDX are an Architectural photographers ideal B&W film.

Hope this helps :D

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Thanks for the summary of each film! It is always nice when someone takes the time to add to my limited knowledge of things.:)

Yeah, I have a a huge amount of expired film in the freezer. Sadly, I haven't shot any smaller format than 120 in a long time (years). So, it is fun at the moment getting the results like the courthouse image above with the Legacy Pro 100.
Oddly, I have a hard time finishing a whole roll with 36/37 frames! LOL...