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Ornello
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FX39

Post by Ornello » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:41 pm

Freestyle has the FX39 developer, now made by Adox. I ordered some.


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Re: FX39

Post by dfbldwn » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:34 pm

I hope you let us know how your tests come out with the new FX39.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:56 pm

dfbldwn wrote:I hope you let us know how your tests come out with the new FX39.
I don't expect it to be any different.

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Re: FX39

Post by KennyE » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:00 am

Ornello, Ornello, Ornello.

You are indeed, a very very funny "fellow".

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Re: FX39

Post by pirateoversixty » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:09 pm

ornello
you have had 2 1/2 years to putz around with this developer. anything to report yet?
jim

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:13 pm

pirateoversixty wrote:
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:09 pm
ornello
you have had 2 1/2 years to putz around with this developer. anything to report yet?
jim
Have not processed any film in 10 years. I hope to again soon.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:06 pm

I discovered that there is a new formulation of FX-39, intended to improved stability and shipping in cold weather. I processed some film Wednesday night (Tri-X and T-Max 400) at 1+14 for 7.5 minutes. I made some prints Friday, and the negatives seem a little too vigorous to print on grade 3, so I will try 1+17 next.

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Re: FX39

Post by pirateoversixty » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:02 pm

FX-39 seems to be appearing more often on some forums as developer of choice. Curious to read what you think of it.
jim

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:24 am

pirateoversixty wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:02 pm
FX-39 seems to be appearing more often on some forums as developer of choice. Curious to read what you think of it.
jim
Just this past week I shot some test frames. The development times given are way too long, and dilution way too strong.

Prints were made using filtration equivalent to Multigrade #3, Leitz Focotar-2 50mm f/4.5 enlarging lens, Fujimoto G70 enlarger, condenser configuration.
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Re: FX39

Post by pirateoversixty » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:53 pm

Ornello
Many folks are hung up about grain in the print. My personal favorite sizes are 5x7 and 11x14. Though I tend to shoot more 120 than 35mm, what can I expect from 400-speed traditional film in either format?
TIA
Jim M.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:08 pm

pirateoversixty wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Ornello
Many folks are hung up about grain in the print. My personal favorite sizes are 5x7 and 11x14. Though I tend to shoot more 120 than 35mm, what can I expect from 400-speed traditional film in either format?
TIA
Jim M.
Great sharpness!

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:47 pm

OK, folks, the testing is progressing. These times are for grade 3 filtration on Ilford MG IV paper, using a condenser enlarger.

Dilution 1 + 17 (NOT 1+9!!!!!!!) The dilution given by Crawley is way too low!
Suggested times at 68F/20C:

Kodak T-Max 400.....9 minutes
Ilford HP5 Plus........8.5 minutes
Kodak Tri-X Pan........7.5 minutes
Ilford Delta 400.......8 minutes
Fuji Acros.......7 minutes
Kodak T-Max 3200P .....10 minutes
Ilford Delta 3200....10 minutes
Rollei Infrared 400.....8.5 minutes
Ilford SFX 200.........8.25minutes

Dilution 1+19
Ilford Pan-F....7 minutes
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Re: FX39

Post by Keith Tapscott. » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:16 am

Unfortunately, Fuji 100 Acros will be discontinued this year.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:04 pm

Keith Tapscott. wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:16 am
Unfortunately, Fuji 100 Acros will be discontinued this year.
So I have heard. I hardly ever use it, but thought I'd try it since I got a nice new(ish) 50mm Summilux-R, 1998 version. Most of my photography is done with fast films. FP4 Plus, Delta 100, and T-Max 100 are all excellent, but again, I don't have much use for them.

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Re: FX39

Post by Ornello » Wed May 23, 2018 2:12 pm

pirateoversixty wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Ornello
Many folks are hung up about grain in the print. My personal favorite sizes are 5x7 and 11x14. Though I tend to shoot more 120 than 35mm, what can I expect from 400-speed traditional film in either format?
TIA
Jim M.

With good technique, even with very fast films, grain is not obtrusive. Most film is overdeveloped.

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