A&B Diafine (WHATI FORGOT TO TELL YOU!!!)greenspun.com : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Film & Processing : One Thread
I knew I was forgetting somthing about the A-B process!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't meantion that they are very stable. You can use them over and over. Also the tempeture dosen't matter you can just leave the out, just make sure you have the lid on TIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! The speed of the film is no worry!!!!!!! This works with any speed film without having to adjust time and temp. NOW IS THAT SIMPLE OR WHAT??? The only drawback is that unless you like grain in your long distance photographs with 400 ASA use the old method to process you Black & White film. I like my photo's to have grain! It leaves you with a bit more of an emotional impression. Just load your film as usual and remember 3, 3, 30, 5, 5, & 30.
-- Gabrielle (email@example.com), February 10, 1998
After being curious for a long time, I finally bought some Diafine recently. I tried TMX 135, and I can't say that I liked it very much. It was *very* grainy and the relatively short toe on TMX was too short with Diafine.
However, TX at EI 1600 looks really nice, very classic and sharp.
This makes sense when you think about how Diafine works; given the wide developing time latitude, the only contrast control is via exposure to adjust highlight density. If you're not happy with the shadow detail you're getting at the desired contrast, there's nothing you can do.
-- Dana Myers K6JQ (Dana@Source.Net), March 03, 1998.