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View Poll Results: What is your favorite B&W emulsion?
Tri-X 265 33.84%
Tmax-400 47 6.00%
Tmax-100 25 3.19%
Tmax-3200 4 0.51%
HP5 114 14.56%
FP4 62 7.92%
Delta 400 22 2.81%
Delta 100 29 3.70%
Delta 3200 6 0.77%
Acros 400 22 2.81%
Acros 100 66 8.43%
Other 121 15.45%
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What is your favorite B&W emulsion?
Old 01-20-2013   #1
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What is your favorite B&W emulsion?

Interested to know what people are using as their FAVORITE, go-to black and white film.
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Old 01-20-2013   #2
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Old 01-20-2013   #3
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HP5+ for me.

over all (Kodak Ektar 100) I just love this film
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Old 01-20-2013   #4
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T-Max 400 is a versatile film that I shoot at different ratings with happy results. In wintery Seattle a modification of the sunny f/16 rule to cloudy f/2.8 generally works, and this film gives good results rated at ASA 800. On a bright day the film works well rated at ASA 200. So if I'm packing only one film, this one is it.

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Delta 3200
Old 01-20-2013   #5
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Delta 3200

Love the grain. Love the flexibility.

Not to fond of the cost. Oh well, can't have it all.
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Old 01-20-2013   #6
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Yeah, sorry folks, I meant black and white. If there's a mod who can edit just the title of the poll that would be great.
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Old 01-20-2013   #7
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It's been Tri-X for me for a few years, but I'm thinking about going back to 100 ISO. Just bought four different ones to compare: Acros, FP4+, Delta 100, Tmax 100.
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Old 01-20-2013   #8
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Old 01-20-2013   #9
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Other.

Eastman 5222 Double-X, which comes in 400 foot and 1000 foot rolls. This should be available well into the future, being a Cinema-Division product. And I figure it's costing me about $1.89 for 36 exposures.

And also Tri-X.
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Old 01-20-2013   #10
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I voted for HP5 as I'm assuming you are referring to 35mm films and it's my favorite there. The film has a "sparkle" that I love for 35mm use. You can nicely push it or hold it back to squeeze out more light or control contrast .

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7074/7...06d50f87_c.jpg

In 120 (and 4x5) I love Tmax films. The Tmy400-2 is a fantastically versatile film and dries flatter than other roll f I have ever used.
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Old 01-20-2013   #11
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I haven't really decided yet but Arista EDU 400 gives me good results. Only thing about this film is that I'm not too sure it pushes well. Been meaning to start a new thread about it.
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Old 01-20-2013   #12
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I voted Tri-X, but I will shoot basically anything that I can load in to my cameras.
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Old 01-20-2013   #13
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TriX for the mid-tones and push ability. In 100, Delta.
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Old 01-20-2013   #14
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For 35mm it is difficult to better Tri X, although when the light is good i find APX 100 to be slightly preferable. In MF and above HP5+ is probably the best film there is.
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Old 01-20-2013   #15
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I think my favourite was Adox CHS 100, now sadly gone so I need to work out a favourite 100 iso alternative once I've used the last of my rolls. At 400 iso it would have to be Tri-X. Though I'm really enjoying Rollei 400s. I've never been too keen on HP5+, though I use it quite happily if it's all I can get my hands on in a hurry. I suppose I really need to invest time in getting used to shooting and developing HP5+
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Old 01-20-2013   #16
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Delta 100 looks great in Pyrocat HD, but so does FP4+.

But I plan to try more of Across 100 as I heard a lot about that combination.
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Old 01-20-2013   #17
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Other = PanF+
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Old 01-20-2013   #18
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Other = PanF+

Darn. Forgot PanF. Different films in the arista line are manufactured by either kodak or ilford, depending on who you ask.
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Old 01-20-2013   #19
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I don't think Ilford make anything for the Arista brand. You might be thinking of Foma? They certainly produce the 'EDU' films anyway.

I voted 'Other' as I'm working my way through my last hundred roll box of APX100. What happens then I'm not sure - either some variety of Ilford or Fomapan emulsion I suppose.
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Old 01-20-2013   #20
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I don't think Ilford make anything for the Arista brand. You might be thinking of Foma? They certainly produce the 'EDU' films anyway.
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Where did you hear this?
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Old 01-20-2013   #21
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I voted 'other' -- Monochrom!

But seriously, I like Tri-X.
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Old 01-20-2013   #22
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Tri-X and then Pan F.
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Old 01-20-2013   #23
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Where did you hear this?
That Foma make the EDU films? It is hardly a secret. Visitors on the tour of the Foma plant at Hradek-Kralove have seen the rolls being made and packed. I have also seen fotos of that, here or at APUG.

Ilford are on record as saying that they do not repackage their own branded films - however they will make anything else anyone wants (for example, they produce 120 size rolls to a Rollei specification), given a high enough order quantity, but the recent (last few years) Arista brand films have been Kodak, Foma and Fuji. This has been discussed ad-infinitum in RFF and Apug.

EDIT. Here is a link to the factory visit RFF-thread.
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Old 01-20-2013   #24
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hp5+

Cause I use it.

Never shot tri-x. I shot, fuji. But I like hp5+.
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Old 01-20-2013   #25
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I voted other...

Classic emulsions: Plus-X and Verichrome Pan.
I've got a freezer full of these two films which will last me for a while.

Current emulsions: Ilford Pan F.
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Old 01-20-2013   #26
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Tri-X, historically.
Currently in love with APX100/Rollei Retro 100 in ID-11/D-76.
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Old 01-20-2013   #27
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tri-x 320 pro 4X5 film processed in a special dilution of HC110
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Old 01-20-2013   #28
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This has been discussed ad-infinitum in RFF and Apug.

EDIT. Here is a link to the factory visit RFF-thread.
Oh I know it has. It's just that I still hear many different claims.

I heard from a man who recently toured the ilford plant that ilford and kodak were now supplying the edu/arista line. Edit: They were the ones who told him this. I can't verify that but that's what he told me.

I also read through that thread and I don't see a mention anywhere that this is supplying the arista line.
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Old 01-20-2013   #29
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I voted for Acros 100...I have about 120 rolls of Acros 100 and about 70 rolls of Neopan 400 in 120 format...
Voted for Acros 100 since I can still buy it...
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Tri X, but want to try rollei 80s and Across 100..
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Old 01-20-2013   #31
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Tri-X for me, because I can get it for $3.00 a 36x when it is re-branded.

But, Delta 400 is what I'd like to shoot...just not in the budget.
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Old 01-20-2013   #32
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I voted HP5+, but I'm about equally a fan of Tri-X. I think it's hard to go wrong with either one. When shooting in harsh desert sunlight, HP5+ gave almost delicate images with "creamy" mid-tones, while Tri-X seems to have more "punch". But a lot of that could be down to processing as I send my negs to NCPS for developing and scanning. They're both great, just different.

For lens testing (i.e. shooting maps taped to a wall) I use Delta 100, but I find I get uneven results with that film in real-world use - sometimes it's great, sometimes it's... not so great.
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Darn. Forgot PanF. Different films in the arista line are manufactured by either kodak or ilford, depending on who you ask.
I prob shd have been more clear, my vote for other was PanF+
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Old 01-20-2013   #34
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Tri-X

Followed by TMY-2 400, Delta 3200 and FP4+.
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Plus-X, while it lasts
Old 01-20-2013   #35
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Plus-X, while it lasts

Plus-X. While my supplies in 120 & 135 hold out. Goes back to first-roll-of-35 ever shot, back in 1969 (Minolta SRT101). Wish I'd picked up on Verichrome Pan, which was "Mom's film in 620 for the Bakelite Brownie she used. I recall seeing boxed 35mm VP waaaay back, but gave it a pass. KB25 is another fave gone the way of the Kodasaur.

Probably changing to FP4 & HP4 & Pan-F. Odd, but I visit Upstate NY where I grew up and find myself putting Ilford Film into my M4-P & M5 bodies. Irony?
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Old 01-20-2013   #36
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My "favorite" has changed over the years.

In 35mm:

Years 1-7 Tri-X in D76 (loved the classic look)
Years 8-20 Ilford Delta 400 in XTOL 1:1 (loved the finer grain and found the Delta films less finicky than TMAX)
Years 21-30 Fuji Neopan 400 in XTOL 1:1 and in Patrick Gainer's Vitamin C-Phenidone homebrew (loved the grainier grain)

In Medium format: any 320-400 speed film I could find

In Larger Format (4x5, 8x10): any emulsion at all.

A point of clarification: For many years I would keep a slow film and a fast film around. So: PanF or Pantomic X when I wanted fine grain, Plus-X or FP4 when I wanted medium speed and Tri-X or Delta 400 as my "standard." This would have been a standard menu in, say, 1991.
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I also read through that thread and I don't see a mention anywhere that this is supplying the arista line.
Then why are there large amounts of Arista-EDU boxes in the photographs of the goods-out area?

The only two Arista films on the Freestyle website are these, with the country of origin quoted alongside:

Arista Premium - "made in USA"

Arista EDU - "made in Czech Republic"


Some of the papers carrying the Arista brand are "made in the UK" (Harman Technologies ie.Ilford) but they are off-topic for this thread.
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