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View Poll Results: What is your favorite B&W emulsion?
Tri-X 277 33.21%
Tmax-400 53 6.35%
Tmax-100 27 3.24%
Tmax-3200 4 0.48%
HP5 126 15.11%
FP4 68 8.15%
Delta 400 23 2.76%
Delta 100 32 3.84%
Delta 3200 6 0.72%
Acros 400 23 2.76%
Acros 100 70 8.39%
Other 125 14.99%
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Old 02-25-2016   #201
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Recently ordered some Kentmere in both 100 and 400. Shot some of the 100 before and liked it. Having now shot about 4 rolls of the 400, I find I like it quite a bit processed in DD-X using Ilfords times. Actually prefer it to what I was getting with HP-5. If I need less grain I really like Delta 100.
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Old 02-25-2016   #202
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Ilford Pan F 50, I love that thing!
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Old 02-25-2016   #203
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I'm currently shooting a lot f HP5+ and Adox Silvermax 100, simply because I got a great deal on big quantities of them.
I really loved the few rolls of Rollei RPX 100 that I had, as well as Fuji Acros 100.
Acros is just too expensive though, and I will be ordering the Rollei RPX 100 when I've spent the Silvermax film I have. Adox Silvermax is a great film as well, especially for scanning. Huge latitude and fine grain, but can look some what "digital" (more so than tmax).
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Old 05-25-2016   #204
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Ilford XP2 Super
Same here. Love it.
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Old 05-25-2016   #205
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Tmax400 (TMY2). If you want a fast film, but fine grain, there is no better. Sharp! The film is coated so it will not damage during the scanning procedure. The translation of the colors into grey is wonderful. The tonal scale from the darkest to the lightest is larger than with TriX so the images are less graphic but more painterly.

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Old 05-26-2016   #206
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Neopan Super Presto. Since this film is long gone now I am still looking for something that comes close. Delta400 might be it for me.
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Old 05-26-2016   #207
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For me it has to be XP2 super! THE TONES! It may not be a true BW emulsion but i just cant say no, second would be ilford Pan F 50
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Old 05-26-2016   #208
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Agfa APX 25. But I only have nine rolls left. :-(
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Old 08-09-2016   #209
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You forgot to have Plus X on the pole.

I now use TM100 or Delta 100
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Old 08-09-2016   #210
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I started out with 400 ISO film speeds (HP5 and Tri-X) because that's what everyone seemed to be using (which this poll largely confirms). However, I have moved to FP4 because of the much smaller grain size and only go to higher speeds if I absolutely have to. 400 is just too much grain IMHO.
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Old 08-09-2016   #211
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Tmax 100 shot at 50; Cons: slow speed, Pros: everything else is good. Besides being a great film, my development method, just by luck, is perfect for it.

Tmax 100 at 50, HC-110h:

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JCH Street Pan 400

Right now I am shooting this film as fast as I can put it through the camera.

Of course, once I run out I may find something different. Like Arista EDU Ultra (Fomapan) 400. I have several 100 foot rolls to work on.

When I run out of that...

Well, I'll worry about that sometime next year since it will take me at least that long to get through what I already have. Who knows what will be for sale at that point in time.

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I think Delta 100 is my thing. Just love the textures I get with it.

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Old 08-09-2016   #214
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I'm still other, but I'm ditching Silvermax now. RPX25, Ortho 25 and HP5.
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Old 08-09-2016   #215
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I like Delta 400 for most things and I have used Tmax 400 some to. - jim
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For 35mm, and 120, I used to shoot nothing but Verichrome Pan (VP125), and Plus X (PX125). I loved that stuff. In my Minox I used to use Agfa APX25. These days, I haven't found a favorite yet.
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Old 12-07-2016   #217
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Neopan SS for me, gives more grain and contrast, which I like for fast lenses on 35mm. For medium format, however, I prefer Acros to make the most out of the available sharpness.
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Old 01-24-2017   #218
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Since the demise of Plus-X, it's been Tri-X for me, but my wife recently bought me a 100' roll of Orwo UN54 so I'm looking forward to seeing if it gives me what Plus-X used to (or something close to it).

I'll give an honorable mention to FP4+. Very UNlike Plus-X, but a lovely film in its own right.
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Old 03-06-2017   #219
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For low light I most enjoy Delta3200 (exposed at 1600) which often allows hand holding the camera. Other times I use Tri-X (also exposed at 1600) which gets a little contrasty for my taste but is also good.

For bright light my favorite is Plus-X, but I have only five remaining rolls and it's all in 35mm. I've experimented with other films but haven't found a new love just yet.

For all around use I like several, but Delta400 is becoming a favorite.

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Old 04-15-2017   #220
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APX 100 may it RIP. Beyond that it's a toss up between XP2 and FP4.
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Old 05-17-2017   #221
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Long gone, but Plus-X
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Old 05-17-2017   #222
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I voted Delta 100, but I use Pan F 50 in 120. I also like Kentmere 100.

Never really liked Tri-X or Tmax, they seem a bit harsh to me. Ilford films just appear softer and more appealing to my eye.

Very rarely use anything faster than 200, even at night.
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Old 06-03-2017   #223
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I'm really lovng the Rollei films:
RPX 25. Such fine grain, such detail! Not high contrast either, as some other fine grain films used to be.

Rollei IR 400. Just so much fun! It can be loaded in daylight and provides great IR effects even with a simple Cokin 007 (89B) filter.
Low grain and high sharpness, compared to HIE.
Also, works as a very nice B&W film when you remove the IR filter.
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My favourite was APX100. Now I've run out of that, I use what's cheapest - currently Kentmere 100 and Arista Edu Ultra 100. All of them developed in Rodinal (I've got plenty of that).
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Old 09-13-2017   #225
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Not enough love for the Tmax 400. I've always had good experiences with it.
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Always been a great fan of HP5
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Kentmere 400. All day, every day.
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