Whilst flicking through the UK magazine Black and White Photography a couple of weeks ago, I saw that Mr Cad
were advertising that they had some Diafine in stock. I needed a few other bits and pieces, so I drove up there and picked some up. Alex Falk, the owner, told me that they were the new UK distributor, and that I was buying the last pack they had in stock (though there is more coming!). Just thought that fellow UK RFFers might like to know!
And now a question. I've developed my first roll in this (Neopan at 400), and although I was shooting in flattish light which doesn't seem to be recommended with Diafine, there seem to be some reasonable shots on there.
BUT, I can see on the contact sheet I've made that many, if not most, of the shots have streaks coming from the sprocket holes. Not huge ones, but enough to notice on the contact.
As fas as I can work out from reading about Diafine, this is a result of the agitation I used. But is it too much, or too little agitation which is the cause?
The agitation process I used was one that I think I picked up on here:
Pour in A - bang tank and invert once. 3 min soak, no more agitation.
Pour out A, Pour in B - bang tank and invert once. 3 min soak, invert once half way through.
(I'm using Plastic reels and tank).
Does anybody have any ideas if this is too much or too little, given my results?
BTW - I loved the ease of the Diafine - I've never been so laid back when developing film!