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View Poll Results: What is your favorite B&W emulsion?
Tri-X 275 33.54%
Tmax-400 52 6.34%
Tmax-100 26 3.17%
Tmax-3200 4 0.49%
HP5 124 15.12%
FP4 66 8.05%
Delta 400 22 2.68%
Delta 100 31 3.78%
Delta 3200 6 0.73%
Acros 400 22 2.68%
Acros 100 69 8.41%
Other 123 15.00%
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Old 02-02-2013   #81
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Tri-X is my go-to film. Great results up to 1600. However, I just bought 20 rolls of HP5 in 120 for $3.89/ roll at B&H.
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Old 02-02-2013   #82
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Neopan 400 has been my primary film in 35mm. I usually develop in a combination of Xtol and Rodinal. I like Tri-X for 645 and 6X7 in Xtol, or TMax Developer. I need to get my main scanner up and running.
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Old 02-02-2013   #83
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It s an unfortunate time for me to realize Efke 50 in D76 is my favorite.
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Old 02-02-2013   #84
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For 35mm, I've got a fair number of Freestyle Legacy 100 ASA 100 ft. rolls of film. As I understand it this was made by Fuji and is the Acros 100 film. I like it and also Ilford Pan F film as I have rolls of 100 ft. of this film.

The Arista (Tri X?) is a good film as well, especially considering the price.
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Old 02-02-2013   #85
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I like Tri-X for now although I shoot with T-MAX 400 occasionally. I bulk roll my own film.

Recently I ordered some Eastman Kodak Double-X film. I really like the results that I saw with this film. Still waiting for it to arrive at my doorstep.
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Old 02-09-2013   #86
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i like Fomapan 400 but have 100 feet of HP5
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Old 02-09-2013   #87
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TMax 400 is my favorite film.
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Old 02-10-2013   #88
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I think we should include Ilford XP2, much used by wedding photographer.
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Old 02-11-2013   #89
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It's a tough call between tri x and tmax 400, but tri x is cheaper for now.
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i scan my negatives, so inadvertently, film flatness is an attribute

that is factored in my decision on film type. The other factor is

cost because i shoot around 5 - 7 short rolls a week, each roll

with around 20 self-rolled exposures. i currently use

polypan f @ iso 100 and Kentmere 400 @ 800 iso.

both film are relatively cheap to buy and very easy to scan.

there aren't perfect, PPF tends to blow highlights as it is missing

an anti-halation layer, while kentmere is a bit too grainy in rodinal.

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Old 02-14-2013   #91
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I am trying to move away from Kodak films and really have fallen for FP4 in 120. Scans really neutral and it is gold in my Rolleiflex 3.5f.
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Old 02-14-2013   #92
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Old 02-24-2013   #94
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Tri-X now and expecting it to continue. I like the look, and since I use only Sunny-16, I need the exposure latitude. Much FOMAPAN 400 in storage for backup.

I also liked the look of BW400CN, but convenient processing has gotten wobbly.
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Old 02-24-2013   #95
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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.
There is a replacement coming from Mirko at Adox, but Eastman 5222 XX has a very similar look at ISO200 and run in HC110 as the Adox 100 run in Rodinal.
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Old 03-30-2013   #96
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Kodak Tri-X is the one for me. I love the look and versatility. HC-110 and Tri-X rated at ei200 is a match made in heaven. I try other films from time to time but there is nothing to beat it overall. Sure there are films that are fine grained and smooth and sharp etc, but for the overall look and tonal range, nothing beats Tri-X for me.
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Old 05-14-2013   #97
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I am really loving Freestyle's Arista Premium 400... so Tri-X I guess.

Although I rather liked the one roll of Ilford SFX 200 I shot too.
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It used to be Tri-X, but now I use XP2 Super more than any other film.
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Old 05-14-2013   #99
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...but Eastman 5222 XX has a very similar look at ISO200 and run in HC110 as the Adox 100 run in Rodinal.
By this do you mean to process 5222 in HC110 using the same time/agitation method that one would use when developing Adox 100 in Rodinal? Or just that the look can be similar?

Sorry to be so dense. I'm about ready to bust open a 400' can of 5222 and would like to start by using it differently than I use Tri-x.

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Old 05-16-2013   #100
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By this do you mean to process 5222 in HC110 using the same time/agitation method that one would use when developing Adox 100 in Rodinal? Or just that the look can be similar?

Sorry to be so dense. I'm about ready to bust open a 400' can of 5222 and would like to start by using it differently than I use Tri-x.

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Please consider that Eastman 5222 and Tri-X (in my experience) -are- quite similar. I often develop them together, side by side, in the same tank, and am always pleased with the results. Of course YMMV.
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Old 05-16-2013   #101
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Voted 'Other'.

Tried with Tri-X and with T-max and it must be me but home developing doesn't make these films sing at my place

Currently I shoot a lot of Agfa APX100, RolleiRetro 100 and 400, Fomapan 200 and 400. All do really well in Rodinal 1:100, which is sufficiently failsafe for my limited developing skills. And, they produce nice sharpness and high contrast in Rodinal, something I have come to appreciate more in the last year.

Recently I acquired two FILCA's in a (sort of) trade and they came to me filled with PolyPan F film, which should be rated 50 ASA and apparently also is great in Rodinal 1:100. If it turns out I can master that combo I'll get myself a bulk roll of 500 feet of the stuff and last me a decade
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Old 05-16-2013   #102
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Been using EK5222 the past few months...... other than that HP5+ or RPX400.
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Old 05-26-2013   #103
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I like HP5 at 800 and 1600, but for 400 my favourite is Fomapan 400. Then, for 100 I like Neopan 100.

I voted for HP5 because it was there :-)
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Old 07-02-2013   #104
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Adox Silvermax. My new favorite, but a sort of costly one.
Followed by TMax 100 and FP4 (tied for second)
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Old 07-02-2013   #105
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Tri-X (of course), followed by HP5+ then Acros.
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Old 07-02-2013   #106
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My favs are Tech Pan and Plus-X. Guess I am SOL huh!

I prefer Ilford these days over Kodak. Can't really pin down a fav. I use FP4 and HP5. I and am about for give Pan F a shot.
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It used to be Plus-X. Now that is gone, it's Double-X (Eastman 5222.)

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Old 07-02-2013   #108
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It's like trying to decide which one of your children you like most...
I voted HP5 because I like the upper tonal range (nice roll off) especially in 120. I also like Trix and Tmax 400 as well as neopan 400 and Delta 3200 can look wonderful in 120.
Slower films I guess APX 100 and 25 with Acros and Efke 50 taking honourable mentions.

As long as HP5 is available though I'm happy...
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Old 07-02-2013   #109
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Old 07-02-2013   #110
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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 !!
I posted this earlier . I have now tried Silvermax and I'm a complete convert.
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how good is the fomapan 400?
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Lately I Have been shooting alot more Acros 100, such a nice combination with Rodinal!
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Panotomic-X. I know, I know, it is a little hard to find. But not impossible.
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Old 07-11-2013   #114
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Delta 3200.

Don't get me wrong, like most of you, I use trix more than anything else for B&W negatives. It is my standard film. But when I put in a roll of delta32, I get excited! Cause then I know I am going to be shooting with abandon and in an experimental way.
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Voted for "other". My favorites are Tri-X & APX 100. But also using Delta 100, 400 & 3200, FP4 & HP5 and at least Rollei Retro 80S & 400S.
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Tri-X is number one on my list but I also like FP4 and HP5 and for slow film I use Pan F+ and just started using Rollei Pan 25.

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As a learned man once said, "When all else fails Tri-X."
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I would have voted eastman 5222 Double X, but since testing maco Rollei RPX 400, I have to testify, since getting double X to europe is so damn expensive, it is now RPX 400, closest to TRI-X you can get...and with very good price !
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I recently ran a roll of 120 Ilford Pan F Plus 50 through my Bilora Bella 66. When I got to the end and wanted to put the gummed wrapper on the roll the wrapper clearly stated "Professional Kodak film." The paper film back wrapper clearly states it is "100TMX." The point is I have no idea what I shot .Was it Ilford 50 or Kodak 100? Each roll comes in a real nice white, black and orange box that states it was made in England.
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TMAX 400 no matter what Time of day pushed to 800...yummy Good !
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