APX25 alternative

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Now that Agfa discontinues the wonderful APX 25, I am looking for an alternative (in 120 format). Any suggestions for a new film/(rotation) developer combo? I liked the APX 25 for scharpness, lack of grain and wonderful grey scale.

Best regards,


-- Daniel Janssen (nijjans@xs4all.nl), October 27, 2000


If you don't mind orthochromatic film, try Maco's (or Cachet's in the US) Ort 25, developed in a Beutler-type developer (such as Tetenal's Neofin Doku). Otherwise, I have heard great things about Ilford Pan F Plus.

-- Thomas Wollstein (thomas_wollstein@web.de), October 27, 2000.

Pan F+ would be my choice too, but you might also investigate the Efke films--I had very good results with them 10 years ago.

-- Ed Buffaloe (edbuffaloe@unblinkingeye.com), October 27, 2000.

Efke 25 and 50 in Rodinal, Acutol or D-76.

-- Patric (jenspatric@mail.bip.net), October 27, 2000.

I use Kodak TechPan, developed in Technidol. This film is slightly more difficult to handle than APX25, because it is thinner. Kodak recommends EI 25 for its starting value, and I have found that to work quite well. If you pull this film, you will have to use much shorter times. You'll have to experiment with it. (I didn't experiment enough with my first try at pulling, so now I will experiment with Kodak Farmer's Reducer) There are also alternate developers which will yield faster speed ratings.

I was reading one photographer's web site, and he said that he had found Tmax 100 in Xtol to be nearly as fine-grained as TechPan.

-- Brian C. Miller (brian.c.miller@gte.net), October 27, 2000.

Tech Pan is good, but is very red sensitive. You will need a blue- green filter. :-/

-- Patric (jenspatric@mail.bip.net), October 28, 2000.


How about APX 100 in XTOL - grain will be just a tad larger. Another film to try with a long gray scale is Kodak's VPS (Verichrome Pan.)


-- Pete Caluori (pcaluori@hotmail.com), November 02, 2000.

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