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View Poll Results: What is your favorite B&W emulsion?
Tri-X 271 33.62%
Tmax-400 50 6.20%
Tmax-100 26 3.23%
Tmax-3200 4 0.50%
HP5 121 15.01%
FP4 64 7.94%
Delta 400 22 2.73%
Delta 100 30 3.72%
Delta 3200 6 0.74%
Acros 400 22 2.73%
Acros 100 68 8.44%
Other 122 15.14%
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Old 01-21-2013   #41
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Over the years I think I may have used more rolls of TriX than HP5+. Regardless of intensity of use I think I like(d) Kodak Plus-X most of all.

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Old 01-21-2013   #42
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Dependent on what I'm shooting:

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Old 01-21-2013   #43
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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.
Same here, right down to the city. When it's brighter I shoot ACROS.
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Old 01-21-2013   #44
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The silvery greys of HP5+ are the clincher for me. After that, I'm quite whorish and will go with pretty much anything
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Old 01-21-2013   #45
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I love TriX especially in 35mm. I have also been playing with Arista EDU in MF and HP5 in 35mm. I like them all but love TriX in every form. TriX in Rodinal or D76 is my pick.
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I have been using Tmax400 exclusively for the past few years. Maybe it's me, but Tri-X seems both grainy and mushy compared to Tmax400. I've tried D-76 1:1, HC 110 and Xtol 1:1 and didn't like the results that I got. When I tried various slower emulsions (Tmax 100, Plus X and Pan F) I found that they weren't worth the extra effort of having 2 different films with me, so I have standardized on the Tmax400.
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Old 01-21-2013   #48
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Kodak Double X - it dries flat (I have been wrestling with some TriX this morning - clock spring - and the scanner groaned). The XX also has a bit more latitude for Sunny f16 shooting. Both XX and XXX work fine as does ORWO 74 as 400 iso films.
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Old 01-21-2013   #49
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My favorite was APX100.
Nowadays I shoot mostly Polypan F and Orwo N74+
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Kodak Double X - it dries flat (I have been wrestling with some TriX this morning - clock spring - and the scanner groaned). The XX also has a bit more latitude for Sunny f16 shooting. Both XX and XXX work fine as does ORWO 74 as 400 iso films.
Double-X sure looks nice. Has it been discontinues, or do you need to know the guy that knows the guy to get it? Can't find it anywhere.
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Agfa/Rollei 80S for the moment
I use a lot Tri-X but it curls a hell lot... in the wrong way.
Rollei curls how film is supposed to roll... scans easier. It also has finer grain since it's lower speed... I can manage the 1/30 of a second inside...
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Old 01-22-2013   #52
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hp5 has the look I want.
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Old 01-22-2013   #53
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Double-X sure looks nice. Has it been discontinues, or do you need to know the guy that knows the guy to get it? Can't find it anywhere.
Easiest way for me to get Double-X is to call the "Film Ordering Line" at Kodak's Cinema & Television Division (in New York City). Their telephone number is 1-800-621-3456.

I ordered two rolls of 400' Double-X several months ago this way, they take VISA. Cost per roll was $140.76 plus UPS shipping. I had the package in two days. That's quick.

400' of Double-X will make about 80 rolls of 36 exposure film. So it is cheap to buy (fresh film) and easy, too.
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Old 01-22-2013   #54
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Tri-x w' Acros 100 coming in at a close second.
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Old 01-22-2013   #55
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Easiest way for me to get Double-X is to call the "Film Ordering Line" at Kodak's Cinema & Television Division (in New York City). Their telephone number is 1-800-621-3456.
Wow. I can't believe that still exists. You can kiss it goodbye in the next two years. Unless Christopher Nolan and Spielberg pony up enough to keep the cellulose running. Unlikely.
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Old 01-23-2013   #56
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Old 01-23-2013   #57
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I voted Tri-X even though I usually shoot XX. At half of the cost, it's close/good enough for me.
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Old 01-23-2013   #58
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I love the tones and grain of Acros 100, but the versatility of Tri-X makes it my go-to b&w film. I love HP5+ too and will shoot that happily if Tri-X goes the way of the dodo.
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Old 01-23-2013   #59
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Out of these, I use TriX the most (and like it a lot) but the only ones that really stand out and make me think about the film are the 3200 emulsions. TriX is reliable, but Tmax 3200 and D 3200 can be spectacular in their own right if used specifically for the look, esp with big prints
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Old 01-23-2013   #60
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Old 01-23-2013   #61
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Out of these, I use TriX the most (and like it a lot) but the only ones that really stand out and make me think about the film are the 3200 emulsions. TriX is reliable, but Tmax 3200 and D 3200 can be spectacular in their own right if used specifically for the look, esp with big prints
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I love the tones and grain of Acros 100, ...
Grain in Acros 100? What grain? Sharp as hell though...
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Easiest way for me to get Double-X is to call the "Film Ordering Line" at Kodak's Cinema & Television Division (in New York City). Their telephone number is 1-800-621-3456.

I ordered two rolls of 400' Double-X several months ago this way, they take VISA. Cost per roll was $140.76 plus UPS shipping. I had the package in two days. That's quick.

400' of Double-X will make about 80 rolls of 36 exposure film. So it is cheap to buy (fresh film) and easy, too.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-26-2013   #63
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Grain in Acros 100? What grain? Sharp as hell though...
You get a bit of grain if you develop it in Rodinal. I prefer XTOL 1+1, with N-0.5 or N-1 development (EI 64 or 80). Then the grain is almost nonexistent and it scans wonderfully with that clear base. In either case, sharp as hell and with beautiful rolloff in the shadows. When developing for EI 100 I must take some care not to overexpose.

But if I have to choose just one film it will be TMAX400-2 or HP5+.
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Old 01-26-2013   #64
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Big fan of HP5+ in Rodinal particularly in 120

but I ticked the 'other' box as my all time favourite is Agfa APX100 in Rodinal

Yet to try Silvermax though !!
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I voted Tri-X which is what I shoot these days but my true favorite n'existe pas -- Neopan 1600. I shot it at 800 and I thought it was beautiful. After those, Acros. Also beautiful.
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Old 01-28-2013   #66
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I had to vote Other as I have been a long-time fan of both APX100 and Plus-X. My supply of both is dwindling rapidly however, so I am shooting FP4 these days with good results.
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Old 01-29-2013   #67
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TrI-X and Hp5 and Neopan 400 as and option
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Old 01-29-2013   #68
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I voted "Other" as Plus-X is my current favorite. When my stock runs out, I'll likely revert my reply to Tri-X (otherwise known as my 'second boyfriend').
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I voted "Other" as Plus-X is my current favorite. When my stock runs out, I'll likely revert to my reply to Tri-X (otherwise known as my 'second boyfriend').
Try FP4+ 125. Very similar!
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Wow. I can't believe that still exists. You can kiss it goodbye in the next two years. Unless Christopher Nolan and Spielberg pony up enough to keep the cellulose running. Unlikely.
Here's a recent quote from the Kodak Cinema Division website. Sounds to me like they are doing OK.





First, Kodak and Kodak’s products remain relevant in today’s marketplace. The company continues to play an essential role within the broad spectrum of markets it serves including the motion picture industry, film for consumer electronic applications, and the printing business. About 33% of the world’s consumer electronics are made using Kodak printed circuit board film. And today, Kodak products touch 40% of the world’s commercially printed pages.

Our Entertainment Imaging (EI) business also continues to be a leader in the marketplace. Just take a look at the films getting Oscar® buzz—Lincoln, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Argo, Django Unchained, and Moonrise Kingdom, among manyothers were all shot on Kodak. We still manufacture billions of feet of film every year. We also recently signed four new contracts with major Hollywood studios that are committed to buying Kodak film products through the end of 2015. According to Kodak’s current business Emergence Plan, EI continues to be the largest driver of film manufacturing volume for the company into the future.

There are also alternative demands for our film technologies – which feed a number of printing applications as well as thin film and specialty chemicals growth opportunities. We are working with customers that need film base outside of the imaging category (flexible displays, fuel cells, thin film batteries, etc.) and who are taking advantage of our experience, process development and manufacturing methods to help build solutions that meet the needs of their specific applications. Leveraging our manufacturing expertise and know-how within film, our deposition technology and history in materials science, substrates and chemistry are key to our success in the future.


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I love HP5+, Tri-X is amazingly versatile, but I didn't vote for it because of the curl.
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Surprised not to see Fomapan 100
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I voted Fuji Acros 100 in 120mm. Absolutly love the results I get with Acros developed in diafine. Tri-X comes a close second
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Here's a recent quote from the Kodak Cinema Division website. Sounds to me like they are doing OK.



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Pretty interesting, but I wouldn't count on it. Many of the sectors and products listed have nothing to do with cinema filmstock. The film for consumer electronics is not actually pictorial film, what they're referring to is known as photolithography. Some of those films dont even use silver halides. The "contract" that the studios signed with kodak lasts until 2015, two years, exactly as long as Roger Ebert predicted it will take virtually all cinemas in the US to convert to digital. Very convenient. It was probably a formality--the least they can do after a business relationship lasting near a century. I have no doubt that Kodak imaging and eastman chemical will probably be viable businesses well into the future, but motion picture imaging will not.
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Try FP4+ 125. Very similar!
Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out when the time comes!
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Wish I could vote for two. HP5 is my old standby, and when I need the speed is still my film of choice. If I can shoot at 80 iso, though, the Fuji Acros is really sweet.
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HP5 is my standard go-to B&W film.

I like Tri-X as a film equally, though. I just prefer HP5 because I prefer Ilford as a company. 3rd favourite would be FP4, followed by XP2.
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The more I think about B&W photography, the more I am convinced, that the prime reason for shooting film, is the beautiful tonality you can get from traditional medium and high speed silver films, like APX100, FP4, HP5, Tri X. It is a wise step to pull the film somewhat and find developing regime that gets you the best tonality for the job. Slower films, and films that generally are sensitive to overexposure, are more suited for low contrast scenes. Neopan 400 is a bit of a hybrid between 400 and 100 ISO films in terms of tonality and grain, and is also beautiful, if you avoid pushing it.
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Tmax400. A modern TriX with extended tonal range and finer grain.

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This thread interests me since I am a primarily B/W photographer who is just relearning what is out there and what I like. My biggest struggle is that I also develop my own film and am also trying to learn what films work best in what developers. I use Diafine currently to get consistent results and compare/contrast the assorted films. I was having issues getting good results and grain clumping with my DD-X so I switched for the time being so the developer/developing time is not a factor as much.

I've used Ultrafine Xtreme 400 and Pro 100, Ilford PanF 50 and HP5 Plus 400 so far and have been pretty happy with all four. The Ilford films both felt 'nicer' in the hand, less flimsy stock. But all four produce decent results. This is just from my own eye and taste standpoint as a newbie (again) to the world of B/W film.

I've jotted down notes from the thread for my next purchases and hope to sample of the suggestions here. Thanks everyone for the ideas, it's nice to have such a wide range of input of seasoned photographers to get the old wallet worked into a tizzy.
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